Average Hourly Rate for The Kroger Company Employees

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Kroger Company offers a range of employment opportunities in the retail industry, from Cashier to Pharmacy Technician. Excluding overtime pay (which bumps median pay up to $18.65), people who work for The Kroger Company earn a median wage of $10.31 per hour. Though geography and what you do at the company do impact pay, how long you've been working is the primary influence on employee salary at The Kroger Company. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

The Kroger Company typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: The Kroger Company
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Cashier (65)
$7.26 - $11.99  
[-]Cashier (65)
Overtime$0.00 - $14.54  
Hourly Rate$7.26 - $11.99  
[+]Pharmacy Technician (45)
$7.76 - $13.84  
[+]Pharmacy Technician (45)
Hourly Rate$7.76 - $13.84  
[+]Deli Clerk (38)
$7.16 - $10.86  
[+]Deli Clerk (38)
Hourly Rate$7.16 - $10.86  
[+]Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) (29)
$8.75 - $17.42  
[+]Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) (29)
Overtime$8.85 - $33.28  
Hourly Rate$8.75 - $17.42  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 784
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About This Company

1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Retail, Grocery Stores


kroger, Kroger Co, Kroger Company, Krogers Corporation

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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.

Key Stats for The Kroger Company


44 %
56 %
Hourly Rate
$7 - $14
Hourly Rate
$7 - $15
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

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