Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of around $12.16 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of The Kroger Company employees (52 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn about $8.39 per hour on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($14.20 per hour) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind. ($12.55), Memphis, Tenn. ($11.59), and Atlanta, Ga. (approximately $10.28) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($8.78) in Houston, Texas, one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Indiana, where the average The Kroger Company employee makes $10.42 per hour.
Certified Pharmacy Technicians are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing about $12.00 per hour on average; Pharmacy Technicians are next on the list, bringing in close to around $10.80, followed by Produce Clerks earning approximately $8.45 and Deli Clerks making $8.34. Courtesy Clerks are among the lowest paid at a median salary of about $7.56.
Certifications and Degrees
OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications receive bigger paychecks ($13.68 per hour) than those without credentials. At The Kroger Company, employees who hold a Certificate (Cert), Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration (HVAC) Studies receive the highest pay at around $17.45.
Employees who count Order Inventory among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $13.96 per hour. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; a majority of employees surveyed report using it at work. Many workers usually know Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Retail as well.
Benefits and Perks
22 percent have paid vacation, and only about 9 percent can take paid time off for illness. About one-half of workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. The Kroger Company provides health insurance to the larger part of workers, and the larger part of survey participants do receive dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, flexible hours, a casual working environment, and company store discount.