Last year, Walmart hired 1,400 drivers and plans to hire hundreds more this year, USA Today reported.
And the jobs come with a good paycheck. Starting next month, drivers are getting about 89 cents a mile between the one-cent increase per mile and extra pay for each delivery. The total comes to an average of $87,500 a year.
The company has about 8,000 on the employment rolls, CBS News reported.
The median salary in the truck driving industry for a national, irregular route is more than $53,000, American Trucking Associations found in a study last year.
New drivers have to be qualified, having at least 30 months of full-time commercial driving experience over the past three years and have a good safety record, CBS News and USA Today reported.
In addition to the nearly $90,000 a year salary, drivers will also get at least 21 days paid time off and possible quarterly bonus and predictable schedules, according to CBS News.
Walmart advertises the following perks of working for them:
Great benefits. Walmart drivers have access to company benefits on the first day and can earn as much as 21 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) in their first year.
Predictable home time. Walmart operates on a weekly schedule, so drivers know they will be home and on the road. We use a bidding process two to three times a year to set their schedules, so drivers know where they stand on work-life balance.
Walmart is one of the safest fleets operating with contemporary well-maintained equipment. At Walmart our drivers drive and earn money rather than waiting for a truck to be fixed. Walmart offers quarterly safety bonuses and a safety incentive and recognition programs. The American Transportation Association has awarded Walmart the Safest Fleet in the Over 250 Million Mile Division for the past 5 consecutive years.
Transportation offices all over the country. Walmart operates more than 70 transportation offices throughout the U.S.
No-touch freight. Walmart truck drivers don’t unload trucks.
Safe parking. Walmart drivers park in well-lit, safe parking in Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers across the country.
Walmart is hoping to revamp the hiring process to focus on safety and expediting the time it takes to train a new hire.
Walmart says it will pay drivers an average $87,500 starting in February. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)