Merchandise Manager Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Merchandise Managers — over a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $48K. Merchandise Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+47 percent), Minneapolis (+46 percent), Chicago (+36 percent), and Seattle (+26 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,481 - $97,340

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$9.95 - $22.24

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,481 - $97,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,130  
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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$27,057 - $96,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $22.24  
   
Overtime
$5.11 - $29.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,130  
   
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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$27,057 - $96,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Merchandise Managers sometimes become Operations Managers, where the average income is $59K per year. The most common career progression for Merchandise Managers leads to becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager, where pay is typically $32K. However, many Merchandise Managers also opt to become Retail Operations Managers, a position that pays $49K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandise Manager


Macy's, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $52K.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Merchandise Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Negotiation can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 74 percent above average. Those listing Training and Purchasing as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Inventory Management tend to be well versed in Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandise Manager

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


Merchandise Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. Merchandise Managers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $55K.

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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
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Inventory Management
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Merchandising
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National Average
$48,000

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 5%

Training
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%
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