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Merchandise Manager Salary

The median salary for Merchandise Managers in the United States is approximately $51K annually, but employers pay the most in San Francisco, offering around $98K on average. Merchandise Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+50 percent), New York (+47 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,594 - $97,554
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$98K
MEDIAN: $51,337
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90%

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$9.97 - $21.46
(Median)
$10
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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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
$33,594 - $97,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,135  
Profit Sharing
$639 - $10,908  
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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$26,464 - $96,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $21.46  
   
Overtime
$6.65 - $29.11  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$639 - $10,908  
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).
)
$26,464 - $96,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114

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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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Merchandise Managers do not often transition into Operations Manager roles. The role averages $59K per year. 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


Barnes & Noble, Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 70 percent less than the top paying company ($31K).

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Merchandise Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Merchandising are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 83 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Training as a skill 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.


For Merchandise Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. Merchandise Managers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
up arrow 83%



Sales Management
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National Average
$46,000

Purchasing
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 17%
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