What Walmart Employees Really Earn


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According to a company report released on May 8, 2019, Walmart revealed that all of its U.S. workers earn more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. But, just how much exactly do Walmart employees really make? Keep reading to find out.

10. The Average Store Employee

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Walmart announced last year that it was raising its base wage to $11 an hour, up from a minimum wage of $9 an hour. So, what does this mean for the average store employee? Well, according to an article published by BUSINESS INSIDER, Walmart says that its average employees make close to $15 an hour, or almost double the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
The wage raise came about as a result of new tax legislation. According to Forbes, Walmart said that tax reform allows the company to become more competitive on the global stage, and in turn, allows it to prioritize better wages and training for its workers, among other things.

9. Cashiers

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Glassdoor estimates that Walmart cashiers earn an average hourly rate of $11, while PayScale estimates they earn an average hourly rate of $10.14. Unfortunately, their salary might be $0 in the near future. That’s because cashier-less stores are coming. In fact, Walmart has already started cutting back on the number of cashiers they have in the store. Depending on how frequently you shop there, you may have noticed that there are more self-checkout lanes open than lanes with human cashiers. This is all due to corporate cost-cutting, retail robot revolution, and other factors.

8. Sales Associates

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Sales associates at Walmart make $10.59 an hour to $11 an hour, according to PayScale and Glassdoor, respectively. But, associates say it’s not enough. In fact, they want to earn $15 an hour instead. Back in June, Sen. Bernie Sanders presented a proposal on behalf of Walmart associate Cat Davis at a shareholder meeting. “Today, with the passage of this resolution, Walmart can strike a blow against corporate greed and the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that exists in our country,” Sanders said, according to Adweek. “Please do the right thing. Please pass this resolution.” Unfortunately, the proposal failed, and associates learned they were getting “modernized” vests instead. According to Adweek, the vests are made from recycled bottles and have bigger pockets to “carry all the equipment they need to do their jobs on the sales floor.”