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Today, Walmart announced it would give raises to 500,000 employees—or about 40 percent of workers.

The retail giant will increase entry-level wages to at least $9 an hour starting this April, and to at least $10 an hour by next February.

The new pay levels are in line with President Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hr, and come after recent protests against the world's largest retailer demanding wage increases.

But those wages still amount to about $20,000 a year for a full-time worker, equivalent to the federal poverty line for a family of three.

"The changes in company policy announced by Walmart are inadequate for the hundreds of thousands of employees who struggle to support themselves and their families," said Christine L. Owens, director of the National Employment Law Project. "When compared to the $16 billion in profit that the company rakes in annually, Walmart’s promise of $10 an hour – which even for a full-time worker is not enough to keep a family of four out of poverty – is meager."


Fusion found at least six major retailers whose cashier pay will still rank ahead of Walmart's, according to listings on, a website that allows users to enter their salaries at their current employers. We only looked at positions with a minimum of 50 salaries entered to make sure the data were robust (the number of salaries observed are in parentheses).

Sephora — $10.60/hr (57 salaries)


Lowe's — $10.62/hr (264 salaries)

Whole Foods — $11.05/hr (180 salaries)


Safeway — $11.76 (59 salaries)

Aldi — $12.20/hr (131 salaries)


CostCo — $15.82/hr (71 salaries)

Bonus 1: Amazon warehouse worker — $14/hr (147 salaries)


Bonus 2: Employees at McDonalds in Denmark can make $21 an hour.

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Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.