When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $19.84 per hour) can be spotted in San Diego, Calif.; Pasadena, Calif. (about $19.75), Medford, Ore. ($15.76), and Los Angeles, Calif. (approximately $15.01) are the next top-paying cities. Chicago, Ill. is near the bottom for pay at $9.00. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Oregon; pay there average to $15.76 per hour.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of about $15.18 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (37 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $10.71 per hour.
Earning $19.84 per hour on average, Assistant Customer Service Managers receive the most money, followed by Meat Cutters ($19.79), Head Cashiers (around $15.48), and Retail Store Managers (approximately $15.38). Financial compensation for Cashiers is rather low — on average only $10.75 — relative to the rest of the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications, who make $19.26 per hour. The highest-paying degree here is an Associate of Science (AS); Food 4 Less awards approximately $15.28 to these degree-holders.
In this position, it pays to have Customer Relationship Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $19.35 per hour. A common skill in Food 4 Less's work force is Customer Service; a majority of survey participants report using it on the job. Three more common skills are Cash Handling, Retail, and Order Inventory.
Benefits and Perks
A strong majority of workers report contributing to a 401(k). Food 4 Less provides health insurance to most employees, and a solid majority of employees do receive dental coverage.