How Much Does a Walmart Employee Make?


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According to an economic policy brief from NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, the average Walmart worker is paid $19,226 per year. Average Walmart or Sam's Club workers typically start at just $8 per hour, and they earn periodic wage increases that are equal to 20 to 40 cents each. However, these numbers only represent the wages earned by a Walmart associate; managers and assistant managers earn higher wages.

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In addition to earning a relatively low wage, many Walmart workers are not given full-time hours. According to economist Julianne Malveaux who was quoted by MSNBC, most Walmart workers are only scheduled for 24 to 26 hours per week. This makes their pay check less than it would be with full-time hours, and it means that Walmart does not have to pay unemployment insurance if they are asked to leave their job.

According to Business Insider, the average assistant manager at Walmart earns $45,258 per year. However, a number of female employees have claimed that the women who work at the company are routinely paid less than their male counterparts. Women from multiple states have taken the retail giant to court over the matter. However, Walmart says that its wages are competitive with other retailers and not biased based on gender.

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