Average Hourly Rate for The Kroger Company Employees

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Kroger Company offers a range of employment opportunities in the retail, from Cashier to Pharmacy Technician. Excluding overtime pay (which bumps median pay up to $18.30), people who work for The Kroger Company earn a median wage of $9.48 per hour. The Kroger Company paychecks are largely negotiated based on how long you've been working, though where you live and your role at the company are also considered. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This Company

1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Retail, Grocery Stores


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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.

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Key Stats for The Kroger Company


52 %
48 %
Hourly Rate
$7 - $13
Hourly Rate
$7 - $14
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 492 votes.

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