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Walmart takes driver pay to the executive level

1st-year drivers can make up to $110K, veteran drivers even more

A truck driving job with a six-figure salary, predictable schedules and regular routes? Nirvana? No, Walmart.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-behemoth (NYSE: WMT) took commercial truck driver pay to another level Thursday, announcing it had raised starting driver pay to between $95,000 and $110,000 during a driver’s first year, up from $88,000.

Walmart said it would boost wages even more for established drivers, depending on tenure and location. It did not offer financial details.

The company also launched a four-month training program in which supply chain workers in Dallas and in Dover, Delaware earn their CDLs and become Walmart drivers. The driver newbies are being trained by Walmart drivers, who’ve been bestowed the title of certified driver trainers. 

Walmart currently employs about 12,000 drivers after hiring about 4,500 drivers in the past year to meet surging demand. The company was unavailable to comment on how many drivers it would like to see come out of the new training program, or how many drivers it would need to consider itself fully staffed.

Walmart’s fleet consists of more than 6,000 tractors and more than 60,000 trailers. Driving for a company like Walmart has always been an attractive proposition because it pays wages that are well above the market and because its routes and schedules are predictable.

Average estimates for long-haul driver pay are all over the map. The job search firm Indeed pegs it at more than $79,000 a year. ZipRecruiter, another job search firm, estimates it to be $64,000, while Glassdoor, a site where current and prospective employees anonymously review companies, says it is about $57,200 a year.

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Mark Solomon

Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.

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