Merchandise Manager Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Merchandise Managers comes from commissions — over a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $48K. Merchandise Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+63 percent), Chicago (+54 percent), Memphis (+49 percent), and Minneapolis (+46 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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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Though some Merchandise Managers move into positions like Operations Manager (where the average salary is $59K), this progression is not the norm. Merchandise Managers go on to become Retail Store Assistant Managers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $32K. Merchandise Managers who move into a Retail Operations Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $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 $52K.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Survey results show that Merchandise Managers use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Negotiation can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 70 percent above average. Those listing Training and Sales Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. Merchandise Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $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
up arrow 2%


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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