Walmart Offering New Truckers Thousands More

C. Heslop

Since March, gas prices have been at their most expensive in American history. Fuel price hikes have been affecting private and business consumers alike. But Walmart wants to keep its supply chain viable.

The company is offering new truck drivers a starting salary range of $95,000 to $110,000 for their first year. Before this, Walmart product chauffeurs could make an average of $87,500 in the first year of trucking. Experienced drivers can earn more based on their tenure and location.

The median salary for heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers in 2020 was $47,130 a year. In 2021, the trucking industry was short 80,000 drivers.

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The company has about 12,000 workers who drive company-owned trucks. Last year, the organization hired about 4,500 new truck drivers. The retail corporation has plans to hire on a need basis to support the company's growth. But a massive truck shortage is underway. It is causing Walmart and other large companies to do more to attract new drivers.

Besides the salary increase, the firm will pay for the costs associated with drivers becoming certified. The company will also pay for the driver's earning a commercial driver's license. This expense is about $4,000 to $5,000.

What are Walmart's primary driver requirements?

The driver must have some qualifications such as:

  • Interstate (Class A) Commercial Driver's License with HAZMAT endorsement.
  • Or receipt of HAZMAT endorsement within 120 days of employment.
  • Clean driving record. Meaning with no serious traffic or moving violations within the last three years.
  • No reckless driving involving alcohol and drug convictions within the last 10 years.

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