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Walmart's US store managers make $175,000 a year on average

Retailer said its hourly workers make average of $25,000 in report seeking to rebut criticism that its pay is too low

Sarah Nassauer | WSJ 

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outlined average wages for its store workers and efforts to improve benefits in a social responsibility report, part of the retailer’s long-running efforts to rebut criticism of its pay and bolster its competitive position in a tight labour market.

Walmart’s US store managers earn an average of $175,000 a year while full-time hourly workers make an average of at least $25,000, or $14.26 an hour, the company disclosed Wednesday.

Pressure on has intensified as competitors including and Costco Wholesale have raised their minimum wage to at least $15 an hour.

Last year, expanded parental leave benefits for all company Its executives often publicly cite added worker training that is intended to help low-level more easily advance to higher-paying management jobs.

Store managers, the highest position inside a Walmart store, have a wide range of duties. In the largest supercenters they can manage over 300 workers and oversee more than $100 million in annual sales.

The vast majority of Walmart’s 1.5 million U.S. workers are hourly And over half of hourly store workers are considered full-time employees, the company said in the report.

Along with benefit increases, Walmart has raised wages in recent years. In 2015, Walmart set a minimum wage for hourly workers at $9. Wages have climbed more than 50 per cent over the past three years and the minimum starting wage is now $11, Walmart said.

Walmart’s average hourly wage for full-time store workers in April 2018 was $14.08, a spokesman said, about 18 cents lower than it is today.

Walmart executives have told investors they are working to keep wages competitive in a tight labor market by raising wages in certain regions, individual stores and for particular jobs, as needed.

Some 55% of Walmart’s workers, both at stores and in corporate jobs, are female, while 44% are people of colour, the report said.

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 00:44 IST