Walmart Raises Driver Pay and Launches Private Fleet Development Program to Address Shortage

Walmart has announced a new drive to get and retain long haul truck drivers for its Walmart Private Fleet. Walmart says it is trying to appeal to hire drivers as the shortage wears on. It says their drivers say it is “one of the best places to drive and Walmart benefits are among the best in the industry.”

The company currently has approximately 12,000 drivers and the announcement to raise pay they hope will ensure Walmart continues to have the drivers they need to keep their stores stocked.

According to Walmart, their drivers can now make up to $110,000 in their first year with the company. Drivers who have been with Walmart longer can earn even more, based on factors like tenure and location.

The company has launched the Walmart Private Fleet Development Program, a 12-week program for supply chain associates in the Dallas, Texas, and Dover, Delaware, where drivers can earn their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and became Private Fleet Walmart drivers. At the end of the classroom portion of the training, associates graduate with their CDL through LBU, with months of real-world experience under trained instructors, and a dedicated mentor to help them transition into their new role, the company says.