The sun is shining and flowers are in bloom, marking the beginning of spring. But here at Snagajob, we’re already thinking about the summer hiring landscape and what it means for employers searching for the best seasonal employees.

For our 2014 Summer Hiring Survey, we received responses from over 250 employers from the retail, hospitality and food service industries. Respondents from both large companies and small businesses provided us with insight on the outlook of hiring for the season, including expectations concerning wage increases. Hint: things are looking pretty good. Here are some of the  most exciting numbers from this year’s Summer Hiring Survey.

$10.39 is the average reported wage for hourly employees this summer. That’s 29 cents more than than the recently proposed federal minimum wage increase. Those working in the hospitality expect to pay the highest average wage for summer employees  at $10.89.

The percentage of employers who expect to hire seasonal employees: 74%. For those hiring, most expect to hire 25 summer employers, nearly 80% of whom will be new workers not returning a previous season.

The search for summer workers starts early. If you haven’t started thinking about hiring for the summer yet, then now is the time to start. Of those anticipating to hire for the season, 74 percent of employers expect to fill their open positions by the end of May.

These are is just some of the data we collected from employers concerning the summer hiring season. Make sure to visit The Hourly Insight throughout the spring to discover even more data from the 2014 Summer Hiring Survey.