Produce Department Manager (Grocery) Salary

The average Produce Department Manager in the United States earns approximately $16.11 per hour. Cash earnings of Produce Department Managers can occasionally include $6K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $22K to almost $56K. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. The majority of Produce Department Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Produce Department Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$31,544 - $59,153
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,512
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$9.99 - $21.47
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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 (?
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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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Many Produce Department Managers move into a Retail Store Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Retail Store Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Produce Department Managers.

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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, Harris Teeter, Inc., Food Lion, The Kroger Company, and Safeway, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Pay for Produce Department Managers is best at Harris Teeter, Inc., which offers a median salary of $52K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $45K to $59K. Safeway, Inc., The Kroger Company, and BI-LO, LLC. also offer top salaries for Produce Department Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $42K, $40K, and $37K, respectively.

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)


Survey results show that Produce Department Managers use a fair number of 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 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management. The majority of those who know 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 many Produce Department Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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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