AUSTIN (KXAN) — Walmart plans to hire more truck drivers and raise the salaries of drivers who already drive for the company.
The company hired more than 1,400 drivers in 2018 and currently employs about 8,000 drivers. This year, Walmart plans to add 900 more drivers to its fleet.
Existing drivers’ pay will be increased starting February. “A one cent per mile increase and additional pay for every arrival means that Walmart drivers will now earn on average $87,500 a year and with an all-in rate close to 89 cents per mile,” officials wrote. Drivers are also offered benefits and other perks on the first day of employment.
“Transportation is critically important to our state’s economy, and truck drivers are at the tip of the spear in ensuring efficient movement of goods and materials that keep our state’s economy growing,” said Tennessee Sen. John Stevens, who is a member of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee and represents the 24th District. “It’s exciting to see Walmart’s support for their driver fleet – which is topnotch in the trucking industry – and its continued commitment to driver excellence through wage investments and great benefits.”
The only catch is they want experienced drivers. “To qualify for the onboarding, drivers must already meet Walmart’s high minimum standards for its private fleet drivers, which includes 30 months of experience in the past three years and a clean safety record,” officials wrote.
In December, Business Insider reported that Walmart’s strict selection process for truck drivers had loosened due to a nationwide truck driver shortage. Blue-collar workers who would ordinarily pursue a career as a truck driver have moved to industries that have higher paying jobs without the challenges of the job, according to the report.
You can apply to be a truck driver for Walmart on their website.