Here’s how much it would really hurt Walmart to pay a living wage

Hint: Not that much.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Published Apr 5, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 12:48 pm CDT

There’s a whole lot that can and has been said about the way Walmart treats its workers.

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But what if the world’s biggest private employer paid living wages instead of as little as possible? It’d cost about 1 more cent on that box of Mac and Cheese, according to a new video from Slate, and could save taxpayers about $300 million every year.

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Of course, Walmart isn’t too keen on the idea of living wage. Last year, it pulled out of Washington, D.C., when the city passed a living wage law that would have forced the company to pay $12.50 per hour. 

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*First Published: Apr 5, 2014, 3:18 pm CDT