Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salary

Produce Department Managers in the United States pull down an average of $15.75 per hour. Total cash compensation to Produce Department Managers approaches anywhere from $22K on the lower end to $55K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. The particular firm and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. The vast majority of Produce Department Managers (81 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,070 - $58,435
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$31K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,837
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$9.94 - $20.71
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,070 - $58,435  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $18,000  
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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$22,359 - $55,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $20.71  
   
Overtime
$14.95 - $32.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,174  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $18,000  
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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$22,359 - $55,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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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 sometimes move into a Retail Store Manager role, where the salary is similar. Produce Department Managers most often advance into Retail Store Assistant Manager and Retail Department Manager positions even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Produce Department Managers. With a median salary of $52K, Harris Teeter, Inc. offers Produce Department Managers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $45K and are capped at $59K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc — the median salary comes to just $24K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)


Typical Produce Department Managers report a focused set of job skills. 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 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.


For Produce Department Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $30K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $33K. Produce Department Managers see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Produce Department Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $42K on average.

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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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 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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