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Raises coming for Walmart employees

More than 41,000 Walmart employees in Alabama will soon be receiving raises.

By February, the company said its average hourly wage for full-time Walmart associates in Alabama will be $13.12 an hour and $10.40 for part-time associates.

Over the past year, Walmart has increased wages in three phases beginning in April by moving its starting rate to at least $9 an hour.

In July, the company increased wages for more than 100,000 associates in specialized positions, like wireless or deli associate, and department managers.

In February 2016, Walmart will raise wages for associates hired before Jan. 1, 2016, to at least $10 an hour — $2.75 an hour above the federal minimum wage.

Hourly managers of the company’s more complex and service-oriented departments will earn at least $15 an hour. Associates hired beginning Jan. 1, 2016, will start at $9 and move to at least $10 after successfully completing the company’s new Pathways training program.

The company is starting to see a return on its investments.

Since the first phase of pay raises went into effect, Walmart’s customer experience scores and associate engagement numbers have increased.