SEYMOUR, Ind. (WANE) - Walmart is looking to hire more drivers in Indiana as part of an expansion to its trucking fleet in 2019, the major retail chain announced Wednesday.
Walmart plans to make a substantial investment in driver wages to attract top talent and offer benefits to a new batch of drivers. New Walmart drivers can earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment, the company said.
“Truck drivers are a critical part of our team here at Walmart and have been since Sam Walton started the private truck fleet in the 1970s,” said Greg Smith, executive vice president of Walmart U.S. Supply Chain. “Our professional drivers are part of what makes Walmart so special. This wage increase reflects the importance of our private fleet and our commitment to recruiting and retaining the best drivers in the industry.”
The new pay increases for Walmart drivers include an all-in rate of nearly 89 cents per mile, Walmart said. Beginning next month, Walmart drivers will receive a per mile increase of $0.01 and a 50-cent increase in activity pay for arrive and arrive/drop occurrences, Walmart said.
The hike means Walmart drivers will now be paid up to $1 every time they arrive at their destination and drop a trailer, the retailer said.
Walmart said it also provides drivers with company benefits on the first day of employment, predictable home time, well-maintained equipment, transportation offices all over the country, no-touch freight and safe parking.
“Trucking Moves America and Indiana, in every aspect of economic life," said Kellie Walsh, membership services director for the Indiana Motor Truck Association. "Professional truck drivers deliver everything from textbooks and medical supplies to retail goods and construction materials and are an essential component of ensuring the trucking industry remains healthy. In Indiana, 1 in 14 jobs comes from the trucking Industry and the industry moves 74% of the total manufactured tonnage in the state.
"Professional truck drivers set a standard for professionalism and performance in the industry and we applaud Walmart’s commitment to retaining and recruiting highly talented individuals for their private fleet.”
To apply to drive for Walmart, visit drive4walmart.com.
Due to erroneous information provided by Walmart, an earlier version of this story indicated the retailer would hire 900 drivers in Indiana. It also mistakenly indicated there would be a $14 million investment in wages. An exact dollar amount has not been established.