Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salary

Pay for Produce Department Managers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.80 per hour. Total cash compensation to Produce Department Managers varies from $22K to $55K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Produce Department Managers is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Produce Department Managers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,046 - $58,763
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,718
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90%

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$9.92 - $20.79
(Median)
$9
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,046 - $58,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,122  
Profit Sharing
$24.83 - $5,034  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,174  
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).
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$22,159 - $55,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $20.79  
   
Overtime
$14.91 - $32.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,122  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,174  
Profit Sharing
$24.83 - $5,034  
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).
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$22,159 - $55,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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Job Description for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)

The produce department manager of a grocery store oversees the inventory selection, delivery, management and presentation for the produce department. They also supervise department staff. which involves scheduling, training, and performance oversight. The produce department manager is also responsible for managing vendor relationships, coordinating delivery schedules, ensuring the appropriate quantities and quality of produce are supplied, and ensuring the produce is displayed according to safety standards and store expectations. Additionally, the produce manager must work collaboratively with other department managers.

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Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Tasks

  • Train new produce department team members.
  • Create and merchandise produce displays, making sure only high-quality produce is presented.
  • Maintain produce department inventory, negotiating prices with vendors and restocking supplies as needed.
  • Lift and move heavy boxes of produce.

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Produce Department Managers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Retail Store Manager. On average, Retail Store Managers get paid about the same as Produce Department Managers do. A lot of Produce Department Managers advance their careers by becoming Retail Store Assistant Managers and Retail Department Managers. However, those positions offer $5K less and $6K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Inc., The Kroger Company, and Safeway, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Produce Department Managers. Produce Department Managers in search of the best pay head to Harris Teeter, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $52K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $59K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $45K.

With a reported median salary of only $24K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Training, Customer Service, and Merchandising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 20 percent. Most people skilled in Merchandising are similarly competent in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)

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


For Produce Department Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $30K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $33K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salaries

Scheduling
up arrow 20%

Training
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Merchandising
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$38,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 21%
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