Most Walmart Employees Living on <$25K

Last month, in an address to Goldman Sachs, Walmart US CEO Bill Simon stated that “over 475,000 (Walmart) Associates earned more than $25,000 last year.” This admission affirmed what many of us already know: the vast majority of Walmart workers – as many as 825,000 in the US – are making less than $25,000 annually.

Today, Walmart workers and members of congress joined together in calling on Walmart to provide this minimal wage to all of its employees.

“I support OUR Walmart workers who are simply asking Walmart, a corporation with nearly $17 billion in profits, to pay livable wages,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). “These workers deserve safe workplaces and the right to speak out for their workplace rights without risking retaliation or being fired. It’s time that Walmart listen to their workers who are here to demand what all Americans want: fair pay, fair rules and fair treatment.”

Rep. Schakowsky went on to point out that the $25,000/annual wage that workers are requesting for full-time work is hardly “a luxury wage or anything extravagant.” Based on Census Bureau thresholds, which are widely held to underestimate livings costs, the poverty line sits at just $23,550 for a family of four.

While these numbers can be shocking, they capture the reality of getting by, or not getting by on less than $25,000 a year. In the spirit of putting a face to these statistics, we are proud to launch our new blog series documenting the true stories of just a handful of the 825,000 Walmart employees struggling to get by on less than $25,000 a year. Click here to read the first blog in our series about the majority of Walmart workers scraping by on less than $25,000.

  • Maureen Winfield-Alston

    Walmart is like a sweat shop they work the crap out of you for the change they pay you talk you like crap. #pitiful #management is strongly proctecting a billion dollars company its so sad…..

  • SupportMcCarthyism

    I don’t believe the average person would deny that Wal-Mart is by no means the greatest place to work at. But on the other hand, I don’t see why these people don’t look for some other place for employment either.

    • Robert Izatt

      In case you haven’t noticed, there aren’t very many jobs out there. You can’t just walk in to some place and give them your resume anymore. Your competing with at least a few hundred other applicants.

      • SupportMcCarthyism

        Then you will have to do what other people have to do: Either win the lottery, go to college or start your own business.

      • floridanativee

        Back when the economy was booming (Bush days), the complaints were the same.

      • joe

        When the hell was the economy booming during the Bush Era? If you mean how Bush convinced everybody the economy was doing great and told everyone to go out and spend. Well, After everyone got in debt and couldn’t pay the shit hit the fan. I’m just glad it happened right before he left office or asstards like you would have pinned that on Obama too.

      • floridanativee

        You can’t change history. You can change what you believe, but you can not change the facts. Bush 8 year unemployment 5.3% Obama 5 year unemployment rate 9.2%. The first 6 years of Bush’s went well and he was reelected. Surely you don’t dispute that too. The problems began when Nancy Pelosi and Hairy Reed took over the congress and the economy has been in the toilet ever since. ObamaCare trumpeted by this union has been a disaster and the economy will be bad until Obama leaves. “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”

      • Darkshaddo

        You sure can’t change the facts, and here they are, courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate was 4.2% when Bush took office in January 2001, and 7.8% when he left office in January 2009. It went up to 10% in October 2009, then Obama’s policies started kicking in. As of September 2013 the unemployment rate is 7.2%.

      • floridanativee

        Do you not understand the concept of AVERAGE. In the 96 months that Bush was president the average unemployment was 5.3%. During Obama’s 5 years his average unemployment is 9.2%. Bush has been gone for 5 years and you are still blaming him. What is the expiration date on it was Bush’s fault. We spent a BILLION dollars on the ObamaCare website and signed up a grand total of 254 people, most of which were the free Medicaid.

      • threepenny

        What I find interesting is that you’re looking at the statistics and not seeing the math. Bush’s average was better because it started off better – he was handed an unemployment rate of 4.2% and drove it to nearly double. He handed a Obama and economy that was spinning out of control, and it’s just starting to come back around. Obama is lowering the unemployment rate, and we’re seeing that reflected in his second term. But the bottom line is, as long as the US financial and economic regulations are still focused on large scale profits for shareholders, and not reinforcing the middle class with manufacturing, it’s bound to collapse. Unions built the US, and while I’ll admit they’ve been out of control for some time, that doesn’t make the idea of Unions inherently bad. If companies were more focused on balancing their approach by three maxims (top quality products, moderate profitability, meaningful employment) you’d see a stabilization. But instead, the economy is completely based on the largest game of craps ever: The Stock Market. Conspiracy Rant over.

      • floridanativee

        President Bush unemployment average was under 5% through the first 6 years which also included one of the worst times in our history (9 11), It was only after the 2010 midterm elections where Hairy Reed and Nancy Pelosi took over the congress that the wheels started to come off the economy and the recession started only in the declining months of his term after Obama had been elected and the business confidence plummeted. US business still has a lot of money on the sidelines and is not hiring or expanding due to the uncertainty of Obama and ObamaCare. Had Romney been elected, the recovery would have been going well and the future would be bright. Hopefully, when the Republicans win the 2014 midterms, Obama will be neutered and business will start hiring again. There is little in our country that could not be fixed by a sound economy. See article at link how the Wal-Mart healthcare plan is better and cheaper than ObamaCare.

        http://washingtonexaminer.com/surprise-walmart-health-plan-is-cheaper-offers-more-coverage-than-obamacare/article/2541670

      • threepenny

        You do understand that it takes several years for most economic policies to take effect, right? Nancy Pelosi and HARRY (not Hairy) Reed couldn’t instantly affect the unemployment rate. And 9/11 only connects to the unemployment rate in the most convoluted of logical fallacies.
        Business confidence plummeted in the US because YOUR ECONOMY TANKED. And you’re talking to a guy from a country with Universal Healthcare. The Affordable Care Act, Company health plans – from those of us from countries that have UH, it all looks ridiculous. And this article’s math is also wrong. It’s the annum fees as monthly fees, confusing deductibles, and misinterprets coverage.

      • floridanativee

        What I do understand is American business and I know that business started retreating as soon as it looked like a socialist would be elected. Nancy and Hairy had a long history of anti business and plans to hire and expand went on hold. The profits were not being utilized as in the rest of our history. This will continue. We are now the laughing stock of the world. Our energy policy is killing our country. ObamaCare is a disaster as sensible people knew it would be. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Obama and the unions have been telling folks there is and the chickens are coming home to roost.

      • threepenny

        Speaking on behalf the world, let me assure you: America was the laughingstock long before that.

      • floridanativee

        There is no question that the status of America has taken a huge blow under Obama.

      • threepenny

        You spelled ‘Bush’ wrong.

      • pat

        Just another fine example of how confused Floridians are

      • floridanativee

        Notice how pat was unable to point out any mistake in fact, just went with personal invective. Pretty much the only arrow in the union quiver.

      • MEProudLIBERAL

        floridanativee is delusional.

      • pat

        amen.

    • tompnoonan1961

      Union Yes for all Walmart Workers and for all Sam’s Club Workers right of away and right now please.

      Thank You Very Much
      From Tom P Noonan

  • Kristin Newtin

    I haven’t lived in the US for many years but when I did, I used to make a decent living selling things at swap meets. Do those still exist? If not, it might be good to start them up again so people can buy and sell directly to each other and quit begging companies for miserable jobs like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s.

    • SupportMcCarthyism

      They still exist but even there prices are going up.

      • floridanativee

        The prices are not going, up but the value of the dollar is dropping like a stone by Obama printing $85 BILLION a month.

      • threepenny

        That’s not accurate. The value of the dollar fluctuates over time, but depending on how you measure it, it’s been in decline since the early eighties, with a brief spike in the 90′s. I mean, if you understand inflation, the value of a dollar is constantly decreasing.

  • Fred Donaldson

    I would check if that $25,000 was just a wage “expense”, meaning it included employer FICA, employer unemployment tax, etc., not actual wages paid to workers.

  • LIMAROCKS

    Unions are Anti-American and are run by thugs who have never worked a day in their life. Let’s look at the facts. WalMart pays a low wage I agree with that but why can they do that? Because there is a segment in our society who elected not to get an education or marketable job skills so they have to accept it. These people can either upgrade their job skills or accept permanent servitude that simple. We need this low wage group so that products remain cheap and I can get my lawn cut cheap.

    • Nermsker

      Surely this guy is trolling.

      • LIMAROCKS

        No I don´t troll. $15 per hour for a WalMart or McDonald`s employee give me a break.

  • threepenny

    I support everyone earning a living wage. But if Walmart has 1.4 million employees, and we’re suggesting that 1.4 million associates need to earn a minimum of 25,000 dollars a year, did anyone do the math on that? Because it’s a lot more than the profit Walmart made.

    • Nermsker

      You’re right. Maybe if Wal Mart would stop buying its own stock up they could afford to pay their US workers about $5.00 more per hour.

      • threepenny

        That’s a nonsensical response.

  • rich1103

    FACE IT FOLKS WALL CHINA IS ALL ABOUT GREED. QUIT SHOPPING THERE AND BITCHING ABOUT THEM. THEN THEY WILL BE GONE AND WE WILL ALL BE BETTER FOR IT.