According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, clerks and cashiers fill approximately fifty percent of supermarket jobs. However, grocery stores employ supervisors and managers in a number of higher-paid positions, including sales supervisor, food preparation supervisor, assistant store manager and store manager. Although cashiers average fewer than 30 hours weekly, most supervisors work at least full time. Factors affecting their average salaries include the type of supervisory position and the job location.
Sales Supervisors' Average Salary
Grocery store sales supervisors supervise the workers in the various areas, including meat, produce and so on. They earned an average annual income of $38,000 as of 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS included 129,940 supermarket supervisors in its 2009 study.
Comparison with Other Retail Supervisors
According to the BLS, the average annual income of retail supervisors in all industries came to $39,130 as of 2009, or $1,130 more than the average grocery supervisor. Supervisors in general merchandise stores averaged $31,480 per year, while clothing store supervisors averaged $37,940 per year. Department store supervisors averaged $32,190 per year.
Food Preparation Supervisors
Many grocery stores include butcher, bakery, deli or other food preparation departments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24,220 supervisors of food preparation and serving were working in grocery stores nationwide as of 2009. Their average salary in grocery stores came to $35,120 per year, compared to an average of $31,770 for food preparation supervisors in all industries. The largest employer of food preparation supervisors, limited service restaurants, paid an average of $28,580 per year, while full-service restaurants paid an average of $34,290.
Grocery Supervisor Salaries by City
Salary Expert provides wage information for grocery supervisors in major metropolitan areas. As of May 2011, the average salary for supervisors in Los Angeles comes to $54,610 per year, while those in Miami earn $55,005. Supervisors in Dallas earn $52,314 on average, and those in Charlotte average $47,579 annually. Salaries are even higher in the New York-Manhattan area, where grocery supervisors receive an average annual income of $61,550.
Grocery Store Assistant Managers and Managers
A grocery store assistant manager helps the manager with everyday store processes. Most jobs require a high school education plus two or more years of experience. According to Salary.com, as of May 2011 the median salary for a grocery assistant manager is $48,820. A store manager usually has a bachelor's degree and five or more years experience. According to Salary.com, the median salary for a grocery store manager comes to $68,373.
The BLS expects little, if any, job growth in supermarkets from 2008 to 2011 as the population continues to purchase more food in superstores, warehouse stores and restaurants. In addition, the grocery business will become more efficient as supermarkets combine and some chains close. Entry-level and part-time jobs will be abundant due to fast turnover, however. Employees with college training and strong communication and business skills will have good opportunities to advance to supervisor or manager positions.