Walmart just boosted pay to . It’s not what you think

Walmart announced pay bumps Thursday that will bring its average hourly wage to over $15 an hour. But the move still falls short of the $15 minimum wage announced by some of its largest competitors.

Walmart, America’s largest private employer, said it will raise wages for 425,000 US workers — more than a fourth of its workforce — to at least $13 an hour.

Starting March 13, hourly workers stocking shelves and fulfilling customers’ home delivery and curbside pickup orders in stores will receive a starting rate of $13 to $19 an hour, based on the store’s location and market, Walmart said. Last year, the company raised wages for 165,000 store workers in management roles to a starting rate of $18 an hour.

Overall, approximately half of Walmart employees— around 730,000—will earn at least $15 an hour.Click here to read the source article

Should minimum wage be subject to geography? Meaning that the cost of living is different in different parts of the country. What will this mean to the prices at Walmart?

46 thoughts on “Walmart just boosted pay to $15. It’s not what you think”
  1. Yes, I believe the minimum wage is subject to geography. The reason I say this is because in Washington it cost more to buy a gallon of milk then in Florida, meaning that people working in Washington should earn more to avoid inflation. This will only mean that they will need to raise their prices just a little since they are now paying 15 dollars an hour. I don’t know exactly if their prices are going to rise since the United States is not at 15 dollars minimum wage and all of their customers are people in the United States.

    1. I believe that minimum wage should be subjected to geography simply because the cost of living varies depending on where you live. I also think the prices would fluctuate depending on where you live because the cost of living and minimum wage is different in every state.

  2. I think that it should be subject to geography because it also depends on how the different stores are doing financially. If one store does better in one state than another in another state, then the one doing better could possibly pay higher. This could result in a raise in prices stores for products sold there. If it helps then with being able to pay the employees the minimum wage, thats what they will have to do at this point.

  3. i say it should be subjected because of how the other store may do finacially. That means that the price of walmart will be more expensive, for example a bag a chips may cost $2 but with prices being higher it may cost up to $5.

  4. No I feel as this would become unfair towards different countries. Walmart will then increase its prices to provide more income if the minimum wage goes up .

  5. I think that minimum wage is subject to geography which is exactly why different states have different minimum wages. I think the prices at walmart will go up for sure especially since they are paying their workers more now, they’re gonna have to balance everything out so they can continue to make profit.

  6. I don’t know if I agree with them being payed differently even though they work at the same place…but I do understand some stores aren’t going to have as much money as others because of where they are geographically.I don’t think the gap should be huge if there is a gap.it should be fair to all of their workers.

  7. I feel that minimum wage shouldn’t vary depending on geographic location because they are all doing the same tasks no matter what I think it should only depend on what you are doing

  8. Minimum wage shouldn’t vary depending on geographic location because they are all doing the same tasks no matter what I think it should only depend on what you are doing

  9. I think that it minimum wage should be different for every state as minimum wage somewhere will be good enough for them to live but in other places it can’t but i guess you could just tell that person to move somewhere more affordable but for some people that is not a option so i think them overall boosting minimum wage is a good idea. but that probably means that prices for most items in Walmart will rise so people who work there and also shop there won’t see a difference.

  10. The basic reason for lower minimum wages for younger workers is to protect employment. … It also reflects the reality that average wages of younger workers are sharply lower than those of older workers, perhaps a consequence of lower average experience, higher training costs or a weaker bargaining position. So No

  11. I think minimum wage should be based off geography because some places in this world have a much higher demand for taxes then others meaning people need to make more or less money depending on were they live so the fact that Walmart is doing this is a good thing.

  12. I do not think minimum wage should vary depending upon geographic location because if it is raised in an area where it costs more than usual to live than the prices will go back up again. This will not resolve a consumer’s difficult situation on the prices going over their own budget. The only way to effectively resolve the issue for them is to move somewhere else if it is that big of a concern/problem for them.

  13. I believe the cost of living should be universal in all 50 states. More than likely the prices for products are likely to go up along with the wage.

  14. I think minimum wage should not depend on where you are located. Everyone from everywhere so paying one location more then pay the other would not be fair. Now I know life may not be fair but that is defiantly wrong for them to even thinking about doing.

  15. I think that yes the location should play a role in the amount of money someone makes. Say you live in a small town at a grocery store versus living in a big city at a grocery store you maybe doing the same job but at the same time in the small town you are doing less and you shouldn’t get paid more to do less. Not only that but in a more populated place things cost more so you need more money to acquire things that someone in a less populated place would and it would cost less there, therefore location should play a factor in wages.

  16. I think this is very unfair, minimum wage shouldn’t vary depending on geographic location because they are all doing the same tasks no matter what I think it should only depend on what you are doing. Raining the wage to $15 won’t make anything better because if that’s minimum wage all the prices to things are going to go up, so they are tricking you into thinking you are getting more but we will also be paying more.

  17. Even tough geography can influence greatly how much money you spend on necessities it should not decide the paycheck. As some people will struggle greatly while others can spare some more money making this an unfair condition for every worker.

  18. Should minimum wage be subject to geography? Meaning that the cost of living is different in different parts of the country. What will this mean to the prices at Walmart?
    I do think minimum wage should be subject to geography because there are different costs of living in different parts of country. For example, the cost of living in New York City, New York is more expensive than living in Miami, Florida. I think the prices in Walmart will go up to balance the wages with the profit they are attaining.

  19. I do think it should be subject to geography. I know some places and prices are different. Also, the cost of living is different in many other states. So they should probably change it subject to geography.

  20. I do not think minimum wage should vary depending upon geographic location because if it is raised in an area where it costs more than usual to live than the prices will go back up again. I think the prices at Walmart will go up for sure especially since they are paying their workers more now, they’re gonna have to balance everything out so they can continue to make profit. I don’t know exactly if their prices are going to rise since the United States is not at 15 dollars minimum wage and all of their customers are people in the United States.

  21. I have mixed feelings about my response to this question. Due to living in big, overpopulated, touristic, and business cities, the cost of living is expensive which means purchasing goods and services may already be more expensive due to the cities popularity. For example a hair dresser in Miami, Florida will definitely charge much more than one in McAllen, Texas. Simply because of how much more the salons rent, supplies, cost of living etc. is. The problem with paying people more due to their geographical location is that overtime it will naturally push the lower income families out of the cities. Things will cost more in stores to the point that many people will simply not be able to afford it, which leads me to my next point. Every day driving in Tampa you may come across a building, apartment complex aimed at low income families, that is closing down. What will this building turn into? Townhomes for Middle class families, or maybe even a parking lot for the nearby touristic activities, a restaurant, the list goes on. It’ll come to a point where only wealth can live in these big cities, low income families will be pushed out and it is a matter of time till the middle class families will also be pushed out, and have no other choice than to move to a nearby, but much smaller city. In the end it’s all part of a never ending cycle, all this will happen regardless. Money has a large pull on the world.

  22. I feel as hourly wage should be subject to geography because that is house cost of living and taxes currently are. Differently a major difference from the tax percentage in Cali than from Texas. The main issue when raising the hourly wage is that the people who have been making $16-$20 an hour and feel as they are doing pretty good financially will no longer have that gap of being better off. So thats when not being able to move all wages up evenly this is bad.

  23. Minimum wage should without a doubt be subject to geography and where an employee is located. Because living can be so expensive in cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, and New York compared to anywhere out in Kentucky, wages should take into account where they are located and how expensive general life is in that area. Walmart’s prices should continue to increase, as will other stores throughout the country due to inflation.

  24. I believe that the minimum wage should be the same because if the minimum wage was different based on geography people would try to get jobs in those higher minimum wage areas. Walmart would have to raise prices in order to continue to make money since the minimum wage is going up.

  25. Yes it should be determined by geographical location because some places have a higher living cost like for example, it would cost way more money to live in New York than it would in texas and they have higher taxes in New York.

  26. Minimum wage should not be subject to geography, but to the economic resources of the surrounding area. If costs of living are different in an area, then minimum wage should be increased, but may not be. The world is harsh. If a company doesn’t recieve enough money to both make profit and pay wages, then wages will go down or people will be layed off. If they are break even, then things must stay that way. Sadly, the wage of the workers is usually related to how much money comes in. Plus, if wages go up, prices may go up too. In fact, all this may be due to inflation, which is happening due to thrown out stimulus checks, which isn’t a result of money we have, but the gov printing money, making the value of the dollar go down

  27. I don’t think they should do minimum wage that way I don’t think it’s really fair for certain people and plus the prices will go up usually Walmart is pretty cheap compared to Publix or target so I think it’s kind of unfair

  28. I think minimum wage should be dependent on the state. Many have cheaper houses and items to purchase so there wage should not equal one whos houses cost more. Compare new york and texas for an example

  29. I feel that although prices for certain items vary from state to state minimum wage should be equal throughout the country. I think this because if everyone works just as hard as the next person and manages their money well it shouldn’t matter where they live. As for Walmart I think in different places around the country they will adjust their prices to accommodate for the increase in minimum wage.

  30. I think minimum wage should be subject to geography because the cost of living in certain states and cities are more expensive than others so it wouldn’t be fair to have it be the same throughout the whole country. I think this will lead to an increase in prices since they are planning to raise wages starting March 13 but not until more companies start raising their minimum wage too, that way its affordable for more people.

  31. I believe that the change of the minimum wage varies and honestly depends on the geographical location of the Walmart and many other corporations and businesses whom will be raising the minimum wage. Workers should be getting payed more than what we are currently getting and others living conditions are also what is important and is impacted by the minimum wage in every state. Those who need the minimum wage to be raised should have it raised just from the expenses living there in general.

  32. I really wonder what’s going to happen when this change comes. I feel like minimum wage shouldn’t be subject to geography and I think that with the raise in minimum wage the prices at Walmart will increase.

  33. I feel like the minimum wage shouldn’t differ because of geography. It should all be consistent throughout the country. I understand why they would think it should change based on location. But if anything it should be in the same range.

  34. I believe that the minimum wage should not be subject to geography because, as beneficial as that may sound, it is not beneficial at all because the prices for products will be raised setting people back to square one. This will also negatively impact people that already have been making more than the minimum wage and will only do more harm than good.

  35. I feel the minimum wage should depend on location. Some places have higher living costs that others and the wage increase is a necessity to get by. As for the prices of walmart they will surely rise as they need to still make revenue and afford those higher payments. What im not sure about is if this will increase the price of all the products or only the great value branded products.

  36. I say it should be because if one state is making more then the other they can afford to raise the pay but the other state may not be because they aren’t making as much so they aren’t really profiting from it.

  37. I believe that minimum pay should be the same throughout the country because if it is different pay the many people would be upset that they aren’t making as much money as other states. Even though it might be the same because of the different market prices in that state, they only see that they are making more money than other people in other states. I feel that Walmart would raise their prices because to pay everyone the same, they need to be making more money than they are paying its employees.

  38. Yes I believe that the minimum wage varies depending on the state that you are living in, if a minimum wage goes up to 15$ that means walmart prices are going to go up.

  39. Minimum wage should not be subject to geography because regardless of where a business is located, grocery stores are essential businesses and because of the pandemic, workers are working extra long hours in order to keep up with the flow of business and there are people that work at Walmart that need a higher minimum wage because they may have kids or other responsibilities to handle. I don’t think the prices at Walmart will change too much because Walmart was making plenty money before the pandemic and I’m sure they’re making plenty right now because from the looks of things, they can barely keep a shelf stocked.

  40. I think that it is subject to geography because it makes no sense that they raise the minimum wage but not prices to things. It depends on how a store and business is dong financially because not all can afford to pay their employees $15 an hour. It isn’t fair to have the wages be the same throughout the whole country. But also if people want it to be raised they need to understand that prices to everything else will be increasing because they wouldn’t just give us more money and sell things cheaper.

  41. Raising the minimum wage would make eveything price higher. Also the people that been working there wouldn’t get a raise which would just be unfair.

  42. I know for a fact, that this is a huge benefit for many. But with great pros, there will always be a con. So this may sound great now, but I’m ready to hear why they did it.

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