- Walmart raised truck-driver pay to as much as $110,000 in April 2022 in an effort to recruit more drivers.
- The company also launched a 12-week program to allow employees to get commercial driver’s licenses.
- Walmart employees can make as little as $25,000 to $35,000, according to job-posting websites.
The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant announced Wednesday it is expanding its associate-to-driver program so that any Walmart worker at 439 store locations nationwide can become a truck driver after completing a 12-week course.
Walmart truck drivers can make up to $110,000 per year — much more than the average annual wages of Walmart store employees, which range from $25,000 to $35,000, according to estimates from job-posting sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter. A Walmart spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about how much the average Walmart store worker earns. On its website, the company says “frontline associates” make more than $17 an hour.
This move comes as Walmart looks to both expand its fleet as it builds out a network of distribution centers and bring on more truck drivers during a labor shortage for the profession. And it follows the company’s announcement in April 2022 that it would bump up annual salaries for truck drivers to up to $110,000 and launch the 12-week development program for supply-chain associates in Dallas, Texas, and Dover, Delaware, to earn their commercial drivers licenses.
“The program is a win for associates, who can take the next step in their career journey without leaving the company,” Fernando Cortes, Walmart’s senior vice president of transportation, wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “It’s a win for Walmart, as we can continue to invest in our talented team of associates. And it is a win for customers and members, as our fleet continues to deliver every day.”
According to Cortes, Walmart’s private fleet has more than 13,000 drivers. Those interested in the job can apply at drive4walmart.com.