The 5 Best and 4 Worst Jobs at Walmart
As a nation, we tend to pay a lot of attention to Walmart as one of the country’s most ubiquitous employers. Now Terence Loose, writing for Philly.com, has put together a list of the five best and four worst jobs you can have at the massive retailer.
Note: Walmart has just announced they’ll be increasing their minimum wage to $10 an hour, and giving all of their U.S. employees at least a 2% pay raise. The figures below reflect salaries before these increases go into effect.
The Five Best Jobs at Walmart
- Store Manager: Who knew you could make $150,000-$250,000 working at Walmart? It reportedly comes with a “great benefits package” and the chance to work with a diverse array of people. On the other hand, it’s hard: You’re responsible for supervising everyone, meeting financial goals, inventory, payroll, and managing merchandise shipments.
- Assistant Manager: The average pay is $48,311 if you count benefits. The job entails meeting store sales and financial goals, guideline compliance, associate supervision, and customer service supervision.
- Shift Manager: You might have to work weird hours, but you can make a bundle, $78,000 if you count the $18,000 cash bonus and the $3,200 stock bonus, among other things. It’s great for getting training and moving up, though it comes with long hours and is tough on one’s work-life balance.
- Pharmacy Manager: If you’ve got a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy or PharmD and have a pharmacy license, you can expect to make an average of $160,000 a year for being in charge of a Walmart pharmacy.
- Order Filler: Working out of a distribution center moving product onto Walmart trucks will get you an average $43,120 yearly. You’ll also be 21% happier than other Walmart employees, according to CareerBliss (requires sign-in).
The Four Worst Jobs at Walmart
- Cashier: At an average $9 an hour, the physically demanding job of checking people out is no party, with high stress levels, difficult shifts, and fewer hours in slow seasons.
- Inventory Control Specialist: Hours tend to be long and late for the people who are responsible for inventory coming in and going out of a store, and you’d make an average of $10 an hour.
- Sales Associate: Sales associates are Walmart’s floor staff who earn an average of $9 an hour, doing an assortment of in-store tasks, including fielding customers’ questions.
- Customer Service Manager: The worst managerial position, making a mere $22,470 a year, these folks get change for cashiers, prep and audit cash registers, and handle customer complaints and concerns. They also train employees.