Grocery Store Management Salaries – Kinsa’s Salary Series #12

December 27, 2022 in Career and Job Search Tips, Food & Beverage Industry Information, HR Best Practices



The big news in the Retail Grocery and Supermarket category was in October 2022, when Kroger and Albertsons Companies, Inc. announced their intent to merge to mutually establish a national footprint. These grocery store giants have a large family of well-known supermarkets that will allow them to deliver food to approximately 85 million households.

While industry-wide hiring slowed in the fall of 2022 in retail grocery, Kinsa Group expects retention of key store managers and corporate leaders across the segment to be critical to employer success in 2023.

To help you better plan for new hires on your Grocery Store leadership team or to simply retain your current top talent, Kinsa Group food and beverage executive recruiters have collected salary data from more than 8,000 candidate interviews across several food and beverage categories and skillsets during the past two years.  We share that data with employers and job candidates alike in our 2022 Food and Beverage Salary Guide so that you can stay competitive in the dynamic labor market of 2022-2023.

We’re taking some time this week to expand on what’s happening with Grocery and Supermarket Management salaries below.

Attracting and Retaining Your Multi-Unit Grocery Store Leaders 

  • Vice President of Operations experienced a 15% decrease in the base salary median from 2021 to 2022, coming in at $170,000 with a high of $220,000.  The low end of the range increased slightly to $130,000 though.
  • Managing Director or Director of Operations professionals in retail grocery stores also saw a similar 15% decrease in median base salary, reporting at $110,000.  The high end did increase slightly to $160,000, but the low end dropped to $80,000 for this title.

Based on industry news and interviews with professionals this drop can be attributed in part to increased supply chain costs throughout the food chain. Even though most retail grocery store operations have passed some of these costs along to consumers in the form of increased prices for food items, apparently grocery store corporate employees also saw the effect in their compensation as well.

Where Do You Need to Be to Retain and Attract Grocery Store Managers?

  • District Manager professionals fared better than their leaders maintaining a median of $100,000 base salary from 2021 to 2022.  Though the high end of the salary range increased to $160,000.
  • Store Manager / General Manager also maintained the median of $85,000 base pay from 2021 to 2022.  The high was $115,000.
  • Department / Category Manager professionals saw a significant increase for their product knowledge expertise, likely due again to the severe supply chain challenges the retail grocery categories experienced.  The median went from $70,000 in 2021 to $90,000 in 2022, an increase of 29%.
  • Merchandiser professionals had a wide range of base compensation from $50,000 to $90,000, with the median at $70,000 for these grocery store responsibilities.

Kinsa Group’s 2022 Food and Beverage Salary Guide

Direct your attention to page 12 of the 2022 Salary Guide to see the complete range of pay for Grocery Store Operations position titles from Department Manager to VP of Operations.

Feel free to reach out to our team or contact us to assist you with launching a new search to hire a Grocery Store executive for your company today.

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If you are a Director of Operations or District Manager looking for your next grocery industry career move, the Kinsa Group can help you discover the ideal match among our clients for your skills. Our recruiters are true food industry specialists who will listen to your career goals and find the position that aligns with your objectives. Search our Job Openings here!

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