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January 25, 2023

Walmart Raising Worker Wages, Benefits

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In a note to employees posted on the company’s website, Walmart U.S. president John Furner announced that the company is raising wages and investing in store, auto care and employees who are looking to join its transportation operations.

Next month Walmart will launch a mix of regular annual pay increases and targeted investments in starting rates, he maintained, adding that the company made the move was made to ensure Walmart offers attractive pay in the markets where it operates. The raises will bring the company’s average hourly wage in the United States to more than $17.50.

At the same time, Walmart is following up on an initiative at its Auto Care Centers, where it created a higher-paying ACC coach role by introducing a higher-paying team lead position and elevating the tech position to a higher pay band that reflects the special skills needed for the role. The company also is adding new college degrees and certificates to its Live Better U education program focused on where the company’s business is headed. The expansion is designed to equip associates with skills to unlock new career opportunities, Furner noted. Both part-time and full-time associates can sign up for Live Better U on their first day and become eligible for Walmart paying 100% of their tuition and fees.

Then, as the company confronts labor issues in transportation, Furner said Walmart is expanding its Associate-to-Driver Program, which pays for supply chain associates to earn their commercial driver’s licenses and become Walmart truck drivers earning up to $110,000 in their first year. Earlier this month, Walmart announced that it would extend the development program to store associates.

Furner stated, “We’re proud to continue investing in Walmart’s legacy by introducing new job opportunities and raising pay. No matter where you are in your journey, getting your start here can open doors, the first step into jobs that become careers and build better lives.”

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