Walmart is making a $2.7 billion investment over the next two years in its U.S. workforce, including more than $38.2 million for 32,200 raises to Walmart workers throughout New York state.
Walmart said it will raise wages, provide better training and increase scheduling choice and flexibility. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company’s announcement on Monday includes associates at Walmart’s 12 stores on Long Island.
As of April, Walmart associates earned at least $9 an hour, 25 cents above the current New York State minimum wage of $8.75. The state minimum will rise to $9 on Dec. 31.
In February, Walmart will raise wages for associates hired before Jan. 1, 2016, to at least $10 an hour, while some hourly managers will earn at least $15 an hour. Associates hired beginning Jan. 1, 2016, will start at $9 and move to at least $10 after completing the company’s Pathways training program.
By February, the company said its new full-time average hourly wage in New York will be $13.62; part-time associates will earn an average of $10.72.