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Publix Store Manager

Managing Success

Higher pay, quarterly retail bonuses, and exciting learning opportunities await you.

There is abundant opportunity to advance your career at Publix. More than 9,500 associates are promoted each year into positions leading to management, and more than 2,100 associates are promoted into management positions at our stores. Hundreds more are promoted into corporate, distribution, and manufacturing roles in the company.

A Rewarding Career

Publix promotions into management not only reward associates with bigger paychecks and holiday bonuses, they also bring retail bonuses. Average earnings range from $50,000 per year for entry-level managers to more than $123,000 per year for store managers.

The higher an associate's pay, the more shares of company stock that associate receives in a retirement account at no cost. The accumulating value of this account is a major incentive to stay at Publix for a long time.

Promoting from Within

We promote from within to fill all store manager positions and most department manager positions because we want to be sure our leaders are fully aware of our standards, our best practices, and our culture. Only in rare instances do we consider external candidates for an assistant department manager opening. That doesn't mean outside candidates with supermarket management experience have to start in an entry-level position. They may be hired into positions leading to management, making them eligible to be considered for management positions in as little as six months. Please review our career paths for more information.

Registration of Interest

Publix is dedicated to ensuring that all associates have an equal opportunity for advancement. That's why we have a clear-cut selection process to fill our management positions and our 16 Positions Leading to Management (PLM). Any current associate interested in advancement may seek promotion into PLMs or into management positions. More than 60,000 associates register each year:

  • PLMs registration is available throughout the year.
  • Registration for interest in management positions is held at least twice a year.


Once you register your interest, the human resources department checks to see if you meet the minimum qualifications for the positions you seek. Minimum qualifications are published for every management position and every PLM, and include any requirements for:

  • Minimum age
  • Previous work experience
  • Driver's license
  • Testing required for management positions


Regional and district managers use the list of qualified associates to determine who will fill PLM and management vacancies across the company. Scores on a battery of formal assessments are an important factor.

How to Apply

If you are a Publix associate, please use the Registration of Interest process to seek management opportunities. Our tuition reimbursement program can help you start or continue your education.

If you are not a Publix associate, learn the main reasons that working at Publix is a pleasure, including a healthy list of benefits. We invite you to apply in a Publix store of your choice for an hourly position. And there's likely one nearby. If you're hired, you will need to work at least six months in a full-time role before seeking a management opportunity.