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A Comprehensive Guide To Amazon’s PTO Policy

Updated: Feb 15



guide to Amazon's 2024 PTO (paid time off) and vacation policy

Whether you dream of lounging on a sandy beach in the Caribbean, hitting the slopes in Colorado, or bingeing your favorite Netflix series, your Paid Time Off (PTO) is important to you.

So if you’re considering a job at Amazon, or you already work there but aren’t sure what you’re entitled to, you’re probably here to find out more about Amazon’s PTO policy and how to make the most of it.


We answer your most frequently asked questions about the PTO policy Amazon has in place and how you can use it to your advantage.


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Amazon’s PTO Policy: Answering the Most Commonly Asked Questions


How Do You Get PTO at Amazon?


The specifics of Amazon's Paid Time Off (PTO) calculation can vary based on factors such as your employment status (full-time, part-time), location, and job role.

  • Part-time workers may be eligible for 5 to 10 days of Amazon PTO

  • Reduced-time workers may be eligible for 7.5 to 15 days of Amazon PTO

  • Full-time workers may be eligible for 10 to 20 days of Amazon PTO

  • First-year full-time salaried workers may be eligible for 10 days of Amazon PTO

  • Employees who have reached 6+ years may be eligible for up to 20 days of Amazon PTO

The longer you work with Amazon, the more PTO you are eligible for.

Amazon may update its policies, so it's essential to refer to the most recent and applicable information provided by the company or consult with your HR department for the latest details.


How Is Amazon’s PTO Calculated?


Generally, Amazon PTO is tracked each pay cycle, so when you receive your paycheck you should be able to verify how much personal and vacation time has accrued.

Personal time begins accruing for employees on the last day of the first pay period and then during subsequent pay periods. Starting the following year, employees begin accruing personal time on January 1st.


Do All Amazon Employees Have The Same Amount of Vacation Time?


As per Amazon’s PTO policy, not all employees receive the same amount of vacation time. Generally, the more you work, the more PTO you can accrue.


Full-Time Employees


Full-time employees (40+ hours per week) with Amazon accrue PTO based on years of service as follows:

  • 0 years = 40 hours

  • 1 year = 80 hours

  • 2 years = 88 hours

  • 3 years = 96 hours

  • 4 years = 104 hours

  • 5 years = 112 hours

  • 6+ years = 120 hours


Reduced Time


Reduced-time (30-39 hours per week) employees with Amazon accrue PTO based on years of service as follows:

  • 0 years = 30 hours

  • 1 year = 60 hours

  • 2 years = 66 hours

  • 3 years = 72 hours

  • 4 years = 78 hours

  • 5 years = 84 hours

  • 6+ years = 90 hours


Part-Time


Part-time (20-29 hours per week) employees with Amazon accrue PTO based on years of service as follows:

  • 0 years = 20 hours

  • 1 year = 40 hours

  • 2 years = 44 hours

  • 3 years = 48 hours

  • 4 years = 52 hours

  • 5 years = 56 hours

  • 6+ years = 60 hours


How Much Vacation Time Are Employees Entitled During Their First Year at Amazon?


In their first year of service, employees are eligible for 20 to 80 hours of PTO depending on employment status (full-time, part-time, salaried, etc.), role, and location of their job.


How Much Paid Personal Time Do Amazon Employees Get?


Personal time is accrued in conjunction with vacation time. Amazon’s PTO policy states that personal time is available annually to all employees as follows:

  • Part-time employees may receive up to 24 hours of paid personal time.

  • Reduced-time employees may receive up to 36 hours of paid personal time.

  • Full-time employees may receive up to 48 hours of paid personal time.


What Other Paid Leave Does Amazon Offer?


In addition to Amazon PTO, employees receive seven paid holidays per year as follows:

  • New Year’s Day

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Christmas Day


Is Unpaid Leave Available at Amazon?


Leaves of absence are available to qualifying employees for time off due to an eligible medical condition or that of a qualified family member.


This may include:

  • Adoption or birth of a new child

  • Death of an immediate family member

  • Personal reasons

  • Jury or witness duty

  • Military reasons

  • Other reasons provided under law

Most leaves of absence are unpaid, except for some parental and pregnancy leaves and portions of jury/witness duty, military, or bereavement leaves.


Paid leaves include:

  • Pregnancy leave: Amazon pays 100% of the employee’s salary for up to 14 weeks while on doctor-ordered short-term disability.

  • Parental leave: Amazon pays 100% of the employee’s salary for 6 weeks following the birth or adoption of a child.

  • Jury/witness duty: Amazon may pay for portions of jury/witness duty depending on employment status and location.

  • Bereavement leave: Amazon pays the equivalent of 3 days for bereavement leave in the event of a death in the immediate family.

All leaves vary in length limits, and some leaves require approval from a manager or Human Resources or certification to be approved.


Does Amazon Have a Rolling PTO Policy?


In most cases, Amazon PTO does not roll over from year to year, so it’s important for employees to take advantage of the allotted PTO for each year employed with Amazon.

If you have a difficult time using your PTO each year, but also don’t have enough savings to take that much-needed trip or make some overdue repairs to your car or home, consider a PTO advance with Sorbet.


Picture this: you have 3 weeks of PTO per year, but you can’t afford to do anything fun during that time off — times are tough, we get it.


So instead, you decide to take only two of your three weeks off, but won’t get paid out for your third week until the end of the year.


With Sorbet, you can get an advance on your unused PTO and make use of that money now instead of waiting until the end of the year.


Is Amazon’s PTO Policy the Same in Every Location or Country?


Amazon's PTO policy can vary by location and country due to legal requirements, cultural differences, and regional labor practices. Companies, including Amazon, often tailor their policies to comply with local employment laws and address specific regional needs.

The PTO overview listed above pertains to U.S. employees only.


How To Use Amazon’s PTO


No matter where you work, PTO is a valuable employee asset that should be used when possible. Whether it’s to take a trip, tackle some household projects, or simply rest and recharge, taking time off work is important for your health and well-being.


But it’s not uncommon for employees of any company, Amazon included, to take only a portion of their PTO. In some cases, this may be paid out at the end of the year, and in other cases, it’s not.


Either way, you don’t want your hard-earned PTO to go to waste. That’s why Sorbet offers Amazon employees an affordable way to advance unused PTO at any time during the year. There’s no need to wait!


With Sorbet’s PTO Advance, It’s Easy To Make the Most of Your Unused PTO


You’re likely among the many employees who have more Amazon PTO than you can use in a year.


Good news! Your unused PTO is worth money that you can access immediately with an affordable advance from Sorbet. When you advance your unused PTO with Sorbet, you’re unlocking more compensation without affecting your salary.


We promise there are no hidden fees or credit checks, just a convenient and transparent option for Amazon employees who need access to their unused PTO quickly.

The application process is simple, safe, and secure. Calculate your estimated PTO payout here.



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