Grocery Stockers in the United States pull down an average of $9.78 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.96 per hour and $13.56. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. The vast majority (84 percent) of Grocery Stockers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-half lack any form of coverage — but approximately half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$7.96 - $13.56
MEDIAN: $9.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $13.56  
Hourly Tips
$8.82 - $21.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.20 - $1,027  
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Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$16,617 - $29,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 352

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Job Description for Grocery Stocker

Positions as grocery stockers are available at a variety of grocery stores, though the size of teams and available openings depend on the size of the employing store. Some grocery stockers may work in a relatively independent position, while others need to coordinate with other employees performing stocking duties. Most of the stocker's work consists of receiving and stocking items carried by the store, as well as performing tasks such as cleaning the store, ensuring prices are accurately displayed, removing expired products, and setting up displays.


Grocery Stocker Tasks

  • Shelve groceries in an attractive, hygienic manner.
  • Attend meetings and assist with emergency deliveries.
  • Answer questions and handle maintenance problems.
  • Move products and packaging from one location of the store to another safely.
  • Check inventory and update stock totals.

Common Career Paths for Grocery Stocker

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At the upper end, Grocery Stockers who move into a Supermarket Dairy & Frozen Foods Department Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Supermarket Dairy & Frozen Foods Department Managers is a much higher $28K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Grocery Stocker

Grocery Stockers flock to The Kroger Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Food Lion, Whole Foods Market, Inc., and Safeway, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Safeway, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $25K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $19K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $25K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay by Experience Level for Grocery Stocker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $19K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $22K. For Grocery Stockers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $25K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $31K.

Grocery Stocker Reviews

What is it like working as a Grocery Stocker at Food Lion?

Grocery Stocker in High Point:
"Being a stocker at food lion is extremely fast paced."
Pros: I like the work itself. I like the opportunities there are for those who work hard.
Cons: The pay is what I like the least. For the responsibilities I have on my shoulders is a lot for what I make.

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Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 37 votes.


16 %
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 48%