Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $12.61. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of The Kroger Company employees (48 percent) have one to four years of experience and typically earn about $8.35 per hour.
Median pay is highest in Nashville ($14.82 per hour), followed by Columbus (around $13.50), the company's headquarter city of Cincinnati ($12.38), and Louisville (approximately $10.93). Indianapolis is near the bottom for pay at around $7.88. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Tennessee pays The Kroger Company the most — about $12.25 per hour on average.
The highest average salaries go to Meat Cutters, who bring in close to $12.97, though Certified Pharmacy Technicians are not far behind at $11.52 along with Grocery Stockers ($10.18) and Pharmacy Technicians (approximately $10.06). Near the bottom at The Kroger Company are Deli Clerks, pulling in just $7.72.
Certifications and Degrees
Environmental Protection Agency Universal Certifications receive bigger paychecks (around $22.19) than those without credentials. Becoming a Business Certificate Holder can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $16.00. The best paid folks at The Kroger Company have a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, earning approximately $55.79 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Order Inventory; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $12.00. Folks here also tend to know Customer Service; on the survey, just over a half of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Retail Pharmacy are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about 45 percent receiving paid vacation and nearly one in eight workers receiving sick leave. The Kroger Company sponsors a 401(k) program, and a majority of workers use this option to save for their retirement. Perks cover health insurance for most workers and dental coverage for more than half of workers. Employees can also look forward to life insurance, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and stock options.