Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $12.19 per hour. The largest fraction of The Kroger Company people (51 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn approximately $8.23 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $13.23 per hour) can be spotted in Nashville, Tenn.; the company's headquarter city of Cincinnati, Ohio ($12.53), Memphis, Tenn. ($12.00), and Atlanta, Ga. ($10.00) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $8.16) is Houston, Texas. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Ohio, where the average salary is about $11.24 per hour.
Bringing in the most money are Certified Pharmacy Technicians — their earnings average approximately $11.17 per hour. Pharmacy Technicians are a close second at around $10.15 along with Produce Clerks ($8.34) and Meat Clerks ($8.09). Courtesy Clerks make an average about $7.46, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an OSHA Forklift Operator Certification certainly has its perks — salaries approach $13.05 per hour and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy; The Kroger Company awards $55.79 to these degree-holders.
Employees who count Order Inventory among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is approximately $12.74 per hour. A garden variety skill at The Kroger Company is Customer Service; the larger part of The Kroger Company's people use it regularly. Three more common skills are Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Data Entry.
Benefits and Perks
38 percent receive paid vacation, and only one in ten workers get sick leave. A majority of respondents allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. A majority of workers receive health insurance, and a majority of employees get dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and stock options.