Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salary

The average Produce Department Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.11 per hour. Total cash compensation to Produce Department Managers varies from $22K to $56K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K each. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. The majority of Produce Department Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. There are far more male Produce Department Managers survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,544 - $59,153
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$32K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,512
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$9.99 - $21.47
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,544 - $59,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,199  
Profit Sharing
$24.83 - $6,040  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$22,232 - $55,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $21.47  
   
Overtime
$15.26 - $33.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,199  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$24.83 - $6,040  
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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$22,232 - $55,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 419
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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.

Common Career Paths for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)


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Produce Department Managers who transition into an upper level Retail Store Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Retail Store Manager makes $40K a year.

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Produce Department Managers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Harris Teeter, Inc., Food Lion, The Kroger Company, and Safeway, Inc. Although Harris Teeter, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $52K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $45K to $59K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Safeway, Inc. at $42K, The Kroger Company at $40K, and BI-LO, LLC., where Produce Department Managers annually earn $37K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $24K, and Food Lion where $32K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Produce Department Managers there earn up to $48K.

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, Inventory Management, and Merchandising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management. Most people experienced in Merchandising also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)

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


Produce Department Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $33K on average. Produce Department Managers see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salaries

Scheduling
up arrow 18%

Training
up arrow 16%

Inventory Management
up arrow 6%

Merchandising
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$38,000

People Management
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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