Merchandise Manager Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Merchandise Managers (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $47K. Merchandise Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+47 percent), New York (+44 percent), Chicago (+41 percent), and Seattle (+27 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,352 - $97,833
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$98K
MEDIAN: $51,683
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$10.00 - $22.55
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$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,352 - $97,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,050  
Profit Sharing
$601 - $7,728  
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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$26,899 - $96,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $22.55  
   
Overtime
$5.11 - $29.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$601 - $7,728  
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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$26,899 - $96,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Merchandise Manager

A merchandising manager is a full-time employee responsible for sustaining the culture of a store while making sure that profit goals are met. Merchandising mangers are responsible for recognizing trends and analyzing customer data and current market data to identify the products a store needs to buy and sell in order to be profitable. They will use this information to implement store merchandising plans and goals. Merchandising managers must be creative and be able to come up with new and exciting ideas for their business.

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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. Becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Merchandise Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Retail Store Assistant Manager is $32K. Another frequent advance is for Merchandise Managers to assume a Retail Operations Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandise Manager


Merchandise Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Macy's, Inc., where the average salary comes to $50K.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Survey results imply that Merchandise Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Negotiation and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 80 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Training and Purchasing as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in Inventory Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandise Manager

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


For Merchandise Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. For Merchandise Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $54K.

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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
up arrow 80%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Merchandising
up arrow 2%

National Average
$47,000

Sales Management
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%
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