Grocery Store Manager Salaries

There were 130,260 individuals employed as grocery store managers nationwide in the U.S. as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grocery store managers were outnumbered only by managers of other general merchandise stores. The salaries for these grocery store managers vary based on where managers work and who they are employed by.

  1. Average Salaries

    • The average salary of grocery store managers was $39,130 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau places this salary within the larger context of retail sales supervisor salaries, which averaged $39,890 per year, indicating that grocery store managers made just below the national average for all types of retail sales managers. Average salaries in the five retail sectors employing the greatest number of supervisors ranged from $32,180 to $40,080.

    Pay Scale

    • Placing the average salary of grocery store supervisors within the broader context of the pay scale of retail supervisor salaries nationwide also provides some additional perspective. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for grocery store managers and other retail supervisors was $35,820 in 2010. The middle 50 percent of workers in this field made somewhere between $27,810 and $46,380 per year. The highest-paid supervisors made more than $60,900 per year.


    • Location also plays a role in determining how much grocery store supervisors are paid. According to the bureau, the highest paying state for work as a grocery store manager or other retail supervisor was Rhode Island, with an average annual salary of $46,140 per year. California, Texas, Florida, New York and North Carolina were the five largest states in terms of employment of retail supervisors. The average salary for grocery store managers and other mangers in these states ranged from $37,220 to $45,570 per year.

    Job Outlook

    • Overall, the job outlook for retail managers and supervisors is expected to be below average in terms of overall growth in the new jobs created between 2008 and 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 5 percent growth during this time. Promotion from within, along with stiff competition for jobs, will limit opportunity, according to the bureau. The bureau also indicates that job prospects will be best for those with a college degree or significant supervisory experience.

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