Co-op Benefits and Compensation

We want to provide transparency and accurate information regarding the compensation and benefits offered to Community Food Co-op staff. We believe in fostering a positive and inclusive culture that prioritizes the satisfaction and well-being of team members.

With that knowledge, we wanted to share some details about our compensation, benefits, and adaptive environment.

Competitive Wage Scale

  • Our hourly pay starts at $16.50 and will increase to $17.30 on May 1, 2024. For reference, the Washington State minimum wage is $16.28 per hour. 
  • At the beginning of 2024, all employees received a 3.5% wage increase.
  • In 2023, wage increases ranged from 5% to 10%. In 2022, wage increases were 5%. Wage increases are directly related to the Co-op’s profitability. We strive to provide the highest increase while maintaining operational viability. 
  • Our wage scale is competitive and in keeping with other local grocery stores. 
  • Our starting wage has increased an impressive 26% from 2020 to 2024.

Flexible Scheduling

  • We schedule a minimum of two weeks in advance with many departments scheduling farther out to allow staff to plan their work-life balance.
  • We offer alternative work schedules and remote work, as requested and as needed.

Comprehensive Health and Welfare Benefits

  • The Co-op offers two health plans for employees to choose from and additional supplemental insurance options for both employees and dependents.
  • Optional life, long-term disability, accident, and critical illness insurance plans are also offered.

Financial Security

  • The Co-op matches 6% on 401k contributions for eligible employees. 
  • All staff received bonuses in 2023 and 2022. Bonuses are determined based on the Co-op overall profitability.

Employee Discount and Special Ordering Privileges

  • Employees receive a 25% discount on all purchases, with the exemption of alcohol which is capped at a 20% discount. 
  • Employees may special order items at wholesale prices.

Priority Access to Food

  • Employees are welcome to help themselves to food pulled from the shelves, including meat, seafood, produce, and staples such as bread and canned goods.

Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Employees accrue up to 80 hours (two weeks) of paid time off in their first year of employment and up to 200 hours (five weeks) within five years.

On-Demand Pay

  • Employees are able to request an immediate direct deposit of earned wages.

Commuter Reimbursement

  • We offer up to $360 per year in commuter reimbursement for staff using alternative transportation, such as riding the bus, walking, or using a bike to work.

Committed to the Community

We strive to cultivate a workplace where staff members feel valued. The Co-op supports our employees’ right to organize, and we are committed to working with the union in good faith.