Overview and benefits


Lowe’s is a retail store that focuses on selling home improvement items. There are over 2,000 Lowe’s locations across the United States and Canada. Lowe’s is the second largest hardware chain in the world.

Its products range from maintenance, repair, remodeling, decorating and much more. Some of Lowe’s categories include lumber and building materials, appliances, rough plumbing and electrical, seasonal and outdoor living, kitchens, etc. It also offers installation services for certain products, along with Lowe’s Protection Plans.


To learn more about Lowe’s, you can visit its website at https://www.lowes.com/.

Number of employees

In November 2018, the company reported having almost 300,000 employees.

Date founded

In 1921, Lucius Smith Lowe opened the first Lowe’s store (then called Lowe’s North Wilkesboro Hardware) in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. In 1940, the company was passed to his daughter, Ruth, who sold it to her brother, Jim Lowe. In 1943, Jim Lowe took Carl Buchan on as a partner. Buchan got the company on track to focus on building materials for construction after WWII.

The second Lowe’s location was opened in Sparta, North Carolina in 1949. After the two partners disagreed, they decided that Buchan would take control of Lowe’s and Jim Lowe would take control of their other joint ventures. The company grew in the 1950s, and when Buchan passed away in 1961, the company was made public.

Throughout the 1980s, Lowe’s struggled with whether it should transform into a big-box store rather than sticking to its small-town roots. Lowe’s eventually decided that it had to make the changes necessary to thrive in a competitive environment. The company once operated in the United States, Canada and Mexico but ultimately decided to close all of its Mexico locations due to underperformance.

Company mission statement

Lowe’s mission statement is: “Together, deliver the right home improvement products, with the best service and value, across every channel and community we serve.”


Lowe’s is categorized in the retail industry, with a sub-industry of home improvement stores.

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How old do you need to be to work at Lowe's?

You must be at least 18 years old to work at Lowe’s. However, some positions require employees to be at least 21 years old.

Does Lowe's require a drug test?

Lowe’s has candidates complete a drug test after their initial interview, if they’re intent on offering you a job. You’ll be sent to a nearby drug testing facility to complete the test.

How much do Lowe's employees make?

Cashiers at Lowe’s makes an average of $11.44 per hour with a wide range of $7.25 to $30.45. Customer service representatives make about the same amount per hour at an average of $11.75. Assistant store managers make an average annual salary of $55,383 per year and a store manager makes an average annual salary of $79,284 per year.

What are the requirements to work at Lowe's?

Most Lowe’s positions require some sort of physical labor, including standing for long periods of time, moving products around the store and to cars and stocking shelves. Depending on the position, you may have to operate machinery such as a forklift. 

One of the stronger traits Lowe’s is looking for in applicants is strong customer service skills. You must be friendly, communicative and experienced when working with the public.

While most job postings don’t mention needing a high school diploma, having one may show hiring managers that you have the basic skills needed to complete the job.