Out of curiosity, I took a look at my latest paystub; my jaw dropped when I saw what I was making per hour. I’m making $24.50. Seriously. And I’m absolutely stunned.
I spent thirteen years at Walmart. If I remember correctly, I had just broken ten an hour in the last year I was there. Krispy Kreme? That was straight up minimum wage. Taco Bell? Same thing. Blimpie? Same. Target started me off a little bit above minimum wage, as did Walmart but the increases were merit raises. You only got the best rate if you kissed the right manager’s ass.
I wasn’t there to kiss ass. I was there to work. Needless to say, I never got the high end raise.
At Costco, the raises are by the amount of hours worked. Our base rates of pay are listed in our employee handbook, and updated when needed. It’s all public information, as far as Costco is concerned; why hide it?
Yeah, discussing wages could get you fired at Walmart, even though legally they were not allowed to do so. But, the Waltons never cared.
I’m still a little shocked, to be honest. With that wage, I can buy Lulu a lot of kitty food and treats and toys… How awesome is that?!