Merchandise Manager Salary

The median total income of Merchandise Managers is around $48K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (more than a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Merchandise Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+63 percent), Chicago (+54 percent), Memphis (+49 percent), and Minneapolis (+46 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,258 - $95,771
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$96K
MEDIAN: $53,773
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90%

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$10.02 - $21.21
(Median)
$10
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,258 - $95,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,330  
Profit Sharing
$695 - $11,325  
Commission
$17,500  
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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$27,307 - $93,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $21.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.78  
Overtime
$5.00 - $30.52  
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
$0.00 - $15,330  
   
Commission
$17,500  
Profit Sharing
$695 - $11,325  
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).
)
$27,307 - $93,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Merchandise Manager


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It's not very common for Merchandise Managers to move on to become Operations Managers. Average pay for an Operations Manager is $59K annually. A Retail Store Assistant Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Merchandise Managers. Paychecks for that role are $32K on average. The Retail Operations Manager position is another common transition for Merchandise Managers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $49K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandise Manager


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Macy's, Inc. offers the most; Merchandise Managers earn $52K on average there.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Merchandise Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Negotiation command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 70 percent above average. Training and Sales Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know Inventory Management also know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandise Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Merchandise Managers make a median salary of $52K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,849

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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
up arrow 70%

Merchandising
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$48,000

Purchasing
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Training
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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