Pay Hike for Employees as Cache Creek Casino Resort Keeps Ahead of Rising Market for Talent

Northern California’s largest casino resort conducts compensation study; implements increases to already generous wages

BROOKS, Calif. (December 14, 2021) – Cache Creek Casino Resort announced today pay increases that make it a region-leading and industry-leading employer for worker wages.

As part of a continuing effort that underscores how they value quality employees, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Resort owners, approved a detailed study of worker compensation. In the study, wages were compared across the region, across the entertainment-hospitality sector, and over time, as the market for talent has tightened. The study demonstrated that pay levels at the Resort are generous.

Now, as the holidays approach, those already-generous pay levels are being increased, and some of that increase will be retroactive to November 1.

After the “bump,” non-represented employees of Cache Creek Casino Resort, Yolo County’s largest private employer, will be earning 10% more on average than their service-sector counterparts throughout the County. They will be earning as much as twice the average wage of employees in the hospitality industry as a whole, according to data from the first part of 2021.

Whether they’ve worked for the Resort for 30 days or 30 years, both employees in positions that earn tips and employees whose compensation doesn’t include tips will benefit. Union employees will benefit too. Negotiated cost of living increases slated to go into effect in 2022 have been accelerated and will be retroactive to November 1.

“Our employees work so hard to take care of our business and our guests. We want to make certain they know how hard we are working to take care of them,” said Kari-Stout Smith, Cache Creek Casino Resort General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. “What better way to do that than by putting significant extra money in their pockets this holiday season and beyond?”

The average length of service for Cache Creek Casino Resort’s 2000 employees is more than ten years.

Stout-Smith emphasized that compensation isn’t the only reason good employees stay loyal. A culture of promoting from within, weekly paychecks, gas discounts, rideshare options, financial management and retirement planning workshops, and a generous benefits package all contribute to the positive work experience for employees and ensure Cache Creek Casino Resort remains the first-choice employer for many throughout the region.

Cache Creek Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, is California’s premier casino resort. Located 40 miles northwest of Sacramento and 80 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area in Brooks, CA, it features more than 600 four-diamond luxury hotel rooms, thousands of exclusive slot machines, hundreds of table games, ten incredible dining experiences, world-class nightlife, a full-service spa, and an 18-hole championship golf course. For more information, please visit