State Walmart associates receive over $4.3 million in bonuses

Freeman Staff

Sept. 9, 2018

WEST BEND — More than 915,000 Walmart associates across the country received a share of more than $200 million in cash bonuses based on their stores’ second-quarter performance, the company announced Friday.

The bonuses were included in associates’ paycheck Thursday.

In Wisconsin, hourly associates received $4.33 million.

According to a news release, these bonuses came on the heels of the best performance for Walmart U.S. in more than 10 years — with comp sales growth (excluding fuel) of 4.5 percent — along with an increase in customer traffic of more than 2 percent.

The recent strong sales and traffic figures build on the momentum of the U.S. business, which has enabled a positive local impact across Wisconsin through associate bonuses, wage increases and innovation and improvement to stores, and more.

In January, Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage for all hourly associates in the U.S. to at least $11, expand maternity and parental leave benefits, and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000. Walmart also recently announced a commitment to train and develop 1 million associates over the next five years and introduced an education benefit for associates, which includes free college credit for on-the-job training and education options.