Compensation & Benefits

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. strives to maintain a competitive compensation and benefits structure.

We view compensation as a combination of base salary and short- and long-term incentives. We work to pay our associates fairly based upon market research, data, and statistics. All associates have the opportunity to earn some form of incentive pay. We encourage our associates to save for retirement through our matching 401(k) program. Associates also have the option to participate in our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). We will match 15% of each Associate's bi-weekly contribution to the ESPP up to $100 per pay period.

We offer an array of benefits to promote the health and wellness of our associates. Full-time and part-time associates are eligible for comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage. To encourage everyone to live a healthier lifestyle, we maintain state-of-the-art fitness centers at our Corporate Office in Pittsburgh and in our Kansas and Canadian distribution centers. Corporate and distribution center associates who are not based in these locations are eligible to receive a gym reimbursement benefit.

We recognize the importance of balancing work and family life. In addition to a generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan, we offer a number of work/life programs, including paid maternity leave, new dependent leave options, adoption assistance, tuition reimbursement, and back up child care assistance.

We also have a long-standing tradition of Early Out Fridays every summer to help our associates spend more quality time with their families. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, all corporate associates may leave between 12 and 2 p.m. Distribution Center associates enjoy Early Outs during non-peak periods of time. Store district managers and above are eligible for two Free Fridays throughout the summer.

Finally, at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., every day is "casual Friday." We encourage everyone to be themselves, to wear the brand, and to be creative in their work and work attire. Our office environments provide collaborative work spaces to encourage cross-functional teams to gather informally in comfortable, casual settings. Oversized sofas, chairs, picnic tables and benches adorn the open areas in our Pittsburgh and New York offices to help promote teamwork and camaraderie.


We strive to take care of our associates when they face major hardships. Over the years, we have provided clothing, gift cards, food, lawn service, and maid service to associates that have experienced tragedies in their lives. We also encourage associates to work from home when they need to be with a family member.