Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $11.61 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (52 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $8.27 per hour.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $13.28 per hour) can be spotted in the company's headquarter city of Cincinnati, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn. ($11.68), Richmond, Va. ($10.65), and Atlanta, Ga. (approximately $10.56) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $8.03) is Houston, Texas. The Kroger Company workers in Tennessee earn the most — $10.36 per hour on average.
Certified Pharmacy Technicians represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $11.63 per hour — though Pharmacy Technicians, Produce Clerks, and Deli Clerks also do fairly well at approximately $10.26, around $8.44, and $8.16, respectively. On the lower end are Courtesy Clerks at around $7.51 on average.
Certifications and Degrees
OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $13.54 per hour. At The Kroger Company, employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration receive the highest pay at $19.25.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Order Inventory; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $13.02 per hour. Folks here also tend to know Customer Service; on the survey, a majority of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Key skills also include Cash Handling, Customer Relations, and Retail Pharmacy.
Benefits and Perks
29 percent have paid vacation, and only about one in ten survey participants can take paid time off for illness. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, The Kroger Company provides an optional 401(k) plan, and the larger part of respondents participate. A majority of employees can count on health insurance, and a majority of respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. The Kroger Company also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, flexible hours, a casual working environment, and stock options.