CHICAGO– Minimum wage increases across the country are forcing the mega-store to raise employee salaries at 1,434 stores, impacting about a third of its U.S. locations, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.
The base salary in America has been growing each year, from $10 in 2013 and $8 in 2012.
For Wal-Mart, the biggest private employer in the United States with 1.3 million workers, minimum wage legislation is not a small thing. Its operating model is built on keeping costs under close control as it attracts consumers with low prices and operates on tight margins, according to the Huffington Post.
The Wal-Mart memo shows that there will be changes to its pay structure, including a narrowing of the gap in the minimum premium paid to those in higher skilled positions, such as deli associates and department supervisors, over lower grade jobs.
Wal-Mart will also combine its lowest three pay grades, which include cashiers, cart pushers and maintenance, into one base rate.
The boost in minimum wage will take affect on Januray 1, 2015 in 21 states.