Produce Manager (Grocery) Salary
Earnings for Produce Managers in the United States come in at around $16.55 per hour on average. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Produce Managers. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Produce Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Produce Manager (Grocery)
Produce managers (grocery) generally perform oversight functions within supermarkets and other stores containing a produce section. They are responsible for ensuring that a safe, attractive environment is available for customers visiting the produce department, and they work closely with store managers, assistant managers and buyers; they may work directly with vendors and/or farmers instead of employing purchasers. Produce managers also perform a number of managerial duties, such as hiring and training staff, providing supervision and guidance, evaluating employee performance regularly and handling discipline issues as they arise.Read More...
Produce managers must have a strong knowledge of their department and be able to ensure its quality meets store standards at all times. They also need strong customer service skills and must be able to ensure members of their team have and use those skills as well. Produce managers' generally work indoors, but their hours may vary depending on their store's needs and may include weekends, evenings, and holidays.
Previous managerial experience within a grocery store or retail setting is generally required for this position. Experience specifically related to produce may be required or preferred as well. Produce managers must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to delegate daily responsibilities within their department and ensure all tasks are carried out in a timely fashion; they also need good leadership skills and must be able to work effectively in a team setting.
Produce 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Produce Manager (Grocery)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Produce 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Produce Managers make a median salary of $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $41K on average.