Walmart's fleet drivers can now make up to $110,000 per year.
Walmart Inc. has rolled out a new program for its approximately 12,000 fleet drivers that will offer higher wages and expanded benefits. The Private Fleet Development Program will also give the company’s supply chain employees in certain geographic areas the opportunity to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and allows current drivers to become trainers for incoming associates.
According to a company blog post, fleet drivers can now make up to $110,000 in their first year, and could earn even more in the future based on factors such as tenure and location.
“Our transportation team will continue to grow with our business, and we’ll continue to invest in them along the way,” wrote Fernando Cortes, SVP of transportation and Karisa Sprague, SVP of supply chain people at Walmart. “It’s an exciting time to be part of one of the world’s largest private fleets and we plan to keep hiring the best drivers in the industry to join our team.”
For the educational portion of the program, supply chain employees in the Dallas and Dover, Del., markets were able to earn their CDL as part of a 12-week program. Walmart also gave current drivers the opportunity to become certified driver trainers through specialized training in the Walmart Academies. The newly minted trainers oversee both written material and actual driving practice.
“The investments in pay and training build on multiple recent driver bonuses and improved schedules that enable drivers to spend more time at home,” Cortes and Sprague wrote. “There’s never been a better time to join our fleet. Once drivers are on board, this is a job many leave only for retirement.”
“Without substantial action, by 2030 and at current trends, the driver shortage could grow to 160,000,” Spear shared at the time. “Overall, nearly 1 million new drivers will need to be trained and hired in the next decade to keep pace with increasing consumer demand and an aging workforce.”