Wal-Mart CEO Made $US9.56 Million Last Year, But He Says He's An 'Associate' Just Like 30,000 Minimum Wage Employees

Walmart’s CEO made about $US10 million last year, but he’s just another “associate,” he says.

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon just gave an interview at the Code Conference in Southern California.

During a Q&A session with audience members, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone asked McMillon what he’s doing to make life better for Walmart’s one million plus retail employees, also known as “associates.”

McMillon answered by saying that he’s also an “associate.”

“I’m one of them,” he said, reminding everyone that he used to work in a store and in a warehouse.

McMillon said that Walmart pays its people pretty well: it has 1.3 million and only 30,000 of them make the minimum wage.

He also said that more than wages, Walmart provides “opportunity.” He said that employees can join and move up into higher paying positions. He said average wage for managers is $US150,000.

He said that one challenge is that Walmart has some employees who “want to join and be a cashier for a long time.”

McMillon also said that Walmart is also concerned about the economic situation of its customers. He said, “these last few years, the average customer in our stores has felt pressure, living paycheck to paycheck … What we do is try to help them save money.”

My boss, Henry Blodget, thinks Walmart should pay its employees more. Not only would it be better for those employees and the economy as a whole, but they would also spend more at Walmart.

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