Merchandise Manager Salary

Average Merchandise Managers in the United States make around $56K per year. Total cash earnings of Merchandise Managers range from $26K on the low end to $94K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $14K and $15K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Merchandise Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Most Merchandise Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,364 - $100,308
$36K
$56K
$100K
MEDIAN: $56,335
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50%
90%

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$10.64 - $20.43
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.62
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,364 - $100,308  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $14,391  
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $15,319  
Commission
$9,887  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,075 - $93,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $20.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.82  
Overtime
$14.68 - $32.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $14,391  
   
Commission
$9,887  
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $15,319  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,075 - $93,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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Job Description for Merchandise Manager

Merchandise managers work in retail environments and strive to provide products that are enticing to customers and ensure they are in stock. The goal is to increase sales and profits for the location, and it's also important to ensure that the merchandise is arranged in ways that are attractive to customers.

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Merchandise Manager Tasks

  • Create and implement store merchandising plans and standards.
  • Conduct routine store walks and generate reports.
  • Manage merchandising team by coordinating work schedules and activities.
  • Communicate merchandising layouts, planograms, and store listings.

Common Career Paths for Merchandise Manager


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Though some Merchandise Managers move into positions like Operations Manager (where the average salary is $59K), this progression is not the norm. Merchandise Managers most frequently advance into Retail Store Assistant Manager and Assistant Store Manager roles even though the median salaries are $15K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandise Manager


Macy's, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $54K.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Merchandise Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Negotiation, Operations Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 78 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales Management and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Inventory Management also know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandise Manager

Pay by Experience for a Merchandise Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Merchandise Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Merchandise Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 146 salaries. An experienced Merchandise Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 112 salaries. A Merchandise Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 49 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,763

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Merchandise Managers that is 90 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Merchandise Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+82 percent), Portland (+71 percent), Dallas (+60 percent), and Memphis (+52 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Merchandise Manager

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲12%

▲8%

National Average
$47,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
▲78%

Operations Management
▲7%

Project Management
▲4%

Purchasing
▲1%

National Average
$47,000



Training
▼9%



Customer Service
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 15%