Country’s largest private employer seeks to close pay gap with rivals as workers remain scarce

Walmart’s recent moves have raised its average hourly pay to over $17.50.


Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Updated Jan. 24, 2023 4:10 pm ET

Walmart Inc. said it is raising wages for its U.S. hourly workers at a time when the market remains tight for front-line staff.

Starting next month, Walmart’s U.S. workers in stores and warehouses will earn a starting wage of at least $14 an hour, up from $12, the country’s largest private employer said in a memo to staff Tuesday. Rivals, including Inc. and Target Corp. , have a $15-an-hour minimum wage, while Costco Wholesale Corp.’s minimum is even higher.  

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