Wal-Mart raises kick in for 13,000+ S.C. workers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. initiated pay raises for more than 13,000 employees in South Carolina on April 4.

Many Wal-Mart workers in South Carolina will see a slight increase in their paychecks April 23.

The recently announced pay raises for many employees of the world’s largest retailer kicked in April 4.

In the Palmetto State, 13,186 workers will receive a pay boost to at least $1.75 an hour above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, Wal-Mart said in a statement.

All Wal-Mart workers now earn at least $9 per hour, and by February 2016 all current employees at the company will earn at least $10 an hour.

The giant retailer also is raising the floor and ceiling for its in-store pay bands in most stores and providing raises to workers earning at the maximum of their pay band.

In addition, Wal-Mart is reexamining the department manager roles and will raise the starting wage for some of them to at least $13 an hour this summer and at least $15 an hour early next year.