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Walmart raises wages for pharmacy

Walmart and Sam’s Club recognize that pharmacy technicians have proven time and time again how much they mean to the communities they serve. They were front and center during the pandemic as the company tested millions of customers and members, and many went above and beyond to help administer vaccines across the country.

These associates delivered heartfelt moments of care under extraordinary circumstances, and they did it with a smile on their face and the calm, professional attention that builds trust and keeps patients coming back.

For the second time in the past year, Walmart is making significant investments in higher wages and career progression for our pharmacy technicians - with a goal of creating additional pathways of growth and opportunity for them, including:

• Raises for current associates: Effective this week, the company is raising pay for more than 36,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacy technicians, increasing their average hourly wage to more than $20 an hour.

• More frequent raises: Pharmacy technicians will get more frequent, automatic pay raises according to new, progressive wage model. New pharmacy technicians will get raises that can add up to $4 to their starting base pay over the course of four years. Pharmacy technicians will get raises every six months in their first two years with the company.

• Free pharmacy tech certification: Walmart certified technicians can make $3 more per hour than their noncertified peers, which means earning a certification can make a big difference for associates and their families.

Walmart covers the costs for getting certified to be a pharmacy technician - from career diplomas, on-the-job training and test prep, to paying the certification exam fee.

Walmart and Sam's Club have announced plans to increase pay for pharmacy technicians. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO