Working at Walmart

Our people make the difference. That phrase started as a meeting theme in 1979 and has since been our way of thinking. We couldn’t serve our customers without the continued support of our greatest asset: our associates. We’re proud to support them by offering jobs at all levels – and investing in our workforce through training and skills development so that all jobs lead to careers.
Opportunity & Advancement
Opportunity & Advancement

Opportunity & Advancement

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Walmart is a place of opportunity. Here, you can go as far as your hard work and talent will take you.

Our associates are building better lives for their families, and we’re proud to be a part of their success stories. We’re investing in our associates by offering competitive pay, advanced training through Walmart Academies, and most of all, a chance to build a career. No matter what goals our associates set for themselves, we want to help them grow professionally and personally. To that end, we offer a variety of education benefits.

Training and Opportunity

  • To help associates acquire the experiences and skills needed for success in the jobs of today and tomorrow, Walmart has invested in associate development and growth opportunities — including new roles and career paths, cross-training, on-the-job coaching.
  • Walmart Academies is an immersive training program, allowing associates to receive both classroom and sales floor training in advanced retail skills and soft skills like leadership, communications and change management. In FY2021, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we trained approximately 95,000 associates via Walmart Academy, including in-person and virtual trainings .
  • We’ve introduced a team-based operating model that focuses on cross-training and developing future leaders vs. simply executing tasks. The new teaming model is also tiered so there is a ladder of opportunity that allows more room for pay and career growth. 
  • In Walmart’s fiscal year 2021, we promoted more than 300,000 U.S. associates to jobs with greater responsibility and higher pay.
  • More than 75% of our salaried store management teams started as hourly associates.
  • In 2020, we hired more than 500,000 new associates globally, many of which were displaced from jobs due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Store managers, on average, earn $210,000 annually and manage and help shape the careers of as many as 300 associates.
  • Our wage structure reflects varied market rates associated with each role. As of March 2021, the average hourly wage in the U.S. was over $15.25 per hour.
  • Approximately 64% of our U.S. hourly associates are full-time, excluding Home Office associates. Two-thirds of our U.S. store-level roles will be full-time, with consistent schedules, by the end of the fiscal year 2022.

Education Benefits

  • In partnership with Guild Education, our Live Better U education benefits program gives associates the opportunity to go back to school, paid for by Walmart. Associates can finish high school, earn a college degree or complete a professional certificate in growing industries, such as business, supply chain management, healthcare, skilled trades and more. Walmart covers 100% of the tuition payments and other required costs.
  • Associates can receive college credit for paid training at Walmart Academies, and $9.9 million in college credit value was awarded to our associates in FY2021.
  • Walmart also offers education benefits for GED, high school completion, language training and professional development.


CEO Doug McMillon shares a "fist bump" with Kortney Wright

Culture is the foundation of everything we do at Walmart. It’s how we deliver superior customer service, create a great frontline work environment and improve performance in order to achieve our common purpose of saving people money so they can live better. The Walmart culture is one of high performance, and it is how we live out our values. Each of our four values – Service to the Customer, Respect for the Individual, Strive for Excellence and Act with Integrity – has a set of three corresponding behaviors that, when practiced daily by every associate, can help us deliver business results and create a culture of inclusion.

Service to the Customer

  • Customer first: Listen to, anticipate and serve customer wants and needs
  • Frontline focused: Support and empower associates to serve customers every day
  • Innovative and agile: Be creative, take smart risks and move with speed

Respect for the Individual

  • Listen: Be visible and available, collaborate with others and be open to feedback
  • Lead by example: Be humble, teach and trust others to do their jobs, give honest and direct feedback
  • Inclusive: Seek and embrace differences in people, ideas and experiences

Strive for Excellence

  • High performance: Set and achieve aggressive goals
  • Accountable: Take ownership, celebrate successes and be responsible for results
  • Strategic: Make clear choices, anticipate changing conditions and plan for the future

Act with Integrity

  • Honest: Tell the truth, keep your promises and be trustworthy
  • Fair: Do right by others, be open and transparent
  • Courageous: Speak up, ask for help, make tough calls and say no when appropriate


Associate is checking the oil level under the hood of the car

Walmart has a long history of providing comprehensive health care and benefits to our associates, and we’re proud of the quality plans we offer, which are among the best in the retail industry. We believe that when associates have stability in areas like health care, maternity and parental leave, paid time off and retirement planning, they’re better able to bring their best selves to work.

Health care and insurance options made affordable

  • All eligible associates – both full- and part-time – have affordable options that include no lifetime maximum and eligible preventive care covered at 100%.
  • We offer medical plans starting at $30.50 per pay period, as well as dental and vision plans.
  • Coverage for domestic partners is available.
  • Our Centers of Excellence program covers select spine and heart procedures, knee and hip replacement surgeries, organ and tissue transplants, and breast, lung and colorectal cancers – all at no cost to associates enrolled in Walmart’s health care plans.
  • Associates have free access to nurse care managers and health care advisors.
  • Health reimbursement plans provide $300 to $1,000 and our health savings account plan gives up to a $700 match to help pay for eligible network or non-network medical expenses.
  • For associates enrolled in Walmart medical plans, Doctor-On-Demand allows affordable, nationwide, virtual access to health care providers for just $4 per use. (Walmart waived the co-pay during the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Associates can take advantage of Resources for Living, a free confidential counseling and health information service. This includes ten counseling sessions per type of concern at no cost and unlimited telephonic support.
  • Through our partnership with Grand Rounds, associates on a Walmart medical plan and their covered dependents will be eligible to take advantage of Included Health, a care-navigation platform tailored for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Additional options include company-paid life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, critical illness insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance and business travel accident insurance.

Save for retirement, save with exclusive discounts

  • Associates can contribute to their 401(k) starting on their first day with the company. Walmart provides up to a 6% match after one year on the job.
  • Associates can participate in an associate stock purchase plan with company match.
  • Our associate discount card offers a 10% discount on fresh fruits, vegetables and regularly priced general merchandise at Walmart stores.
  • The Associate Discount Center provides exclusive discounts on travel, cell phone services, entertainment and other goods and services not available in Walmart stores.
  • Paid time off empowers associates to decide how they use their leave by streamlining paid vacation, sick time, personal time and holiday time into one category.

Making time for families with maternal and parental leave
Families take many forms. However our associates grow theirs, we’re here to help. Our maternity, parental and adoption benefits are available to all salaried and full-time hourly associates who have worked at Walmart for at least 12 months.


Maternity: The enhanced maternity benefit supports birth moms with up to 10 weeks of protected paid time away from work.

  • Birth mothers can take up to 10 weeks of protected paid maternity leave.
  • They’ll receive 100% of their pay, based on their average weekly wages.
  • They can use the new parental benefit (see below) for an additional six weeks, for a total of 16 weeks of protected paid leave for birth mothers.

Parental: The parental benefit supports associates who become a parent through a birth, adoption or foster-care placement, with up to six weeks of protected paid time away from work. It's available to associates in all states, including California, Oregon and other paid parental leave states.

  • The parental benefit is for new legal parents, guardians and foster parents only.
  • New parents can take up to six weeks of protected paid parental leave.
  • The associate’s time away needs to be continuous, meaning they take it all at once.
  • The associate can use their parental benefit at any point in the 12 months following the date they became a new parent through a birth, adoption or foster-care placement.
  • Salaried associates may also be able to use the two-week family care pay program to cover the time they care for a spouse or dependant who has an eligible medical condition.
  • Associates receive 100% of their pay, based on their average weekly wages.

Adoption: This benefit pays associates back, up to $5,000, for expenses related to adopting a new family member. There’s an annual maximum of $10,000 and a lifetime maximum of $20,000 per associate. Qualified expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Application fees, agency and placement fees, legal fees and court costs
  • Home suitability studies
  • Immigration, immunization and translation fees
  • Transportation, meals and lodging
  • Parent, child and family adoption counseling


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As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart offers the opportunity for personal and professional growth on an unprecedented scale. Here, you'll find the chance to impact the community you live and work in, to innovate for the next generation of customers, and to build a career doing what you love.

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