Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salary
The average Produce Department Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.18 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Produce Department Managers stretch from $23K on the lower end to $55K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $18K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Job satisfaction for Produce Department Managers is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. There are far more male Produce Department Managers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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.Read More...
Knowledge of inventory management is important for produce department managers, as is extensive knowledge related to produce handling. The produce department manager needs to know relevant safety regulations for safe food handling. The position requires heavy lifting and much of the time is spent on the floor or in the warehouse. The produce department manager must be comfortable working on his or her feet for long periods. They also must be comfortable handling unwashed produce and be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
Most stores require that produce department managers have at least a high-school diploma or equivalent, though a bachelor's degree may be preferred. Previous experience in a similar environment is generally preferred. They must have excellent customer service skills, pay close attention to detail, and be excellent communicators. Competency in basic math is a must, since the produce manager typically negotiates sales prices and must tally inventory.
Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Tasks
- Maintain produce department inventory, negotiating prices with vendors and restocking supplies as needed.
- Lift and move heavy boxes of produce.
- Train new produce department team members.
- Create and merchandise produce displays, making sure only high-quality produce is presented.
Common Career Paths for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)
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. Produce Department Managers most frequently advance into Produce Manager and Retail Store Assistant Manager roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $5K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)
Known for taking on a considerable number of Produce Department Managers, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Kroger Company, Safeway, Inc., BI-LO, LLC., and Harris Teeter, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Those at Harris Teeter, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $43K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Safeway, Inc., The Kroger Company, and BI-LO, LLC., top-paying firms where Produce Department Managers rake in a $42K, $40K, or $37K, respectively.
Also approaching the lower end are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $25K, Food Lion at $35K, and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. at $36K.
Popular Skills for Produce Department Manager (Grocery)
Produce Department Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Training, Inventory Management, and Merchandising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. Most people familiar with 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Produce Department Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $41K.