Merchandise Manager Salary

Total annual pay for Merchandise Managers is approximately $47K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — more than a third on average. Merchandise Managers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+48 percent), New York (+42 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), and Chicago (+27 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,351 - $97,833
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$98K
MEDIAN: $51,891
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$9.95 - $22.42
(Median)
$10
$14
$22
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
$34,351 - $97,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,033  
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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$26,581 - $96,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $22.42  
   
Overtime
$8.05 - $28.98  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,033  
   
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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$26,581 - $96,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Merchandise Managers move into roles as Operations Managers, where pay is an average $59K per year. The most common promotion for Merchandise Managers is a Retail Store Assistant Manager position, which usually brings in $32K a year. Another standard transition for Merchandise Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Retail Operations Manager role, where pay is often $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandise Manager


The biggest paychecks can be found at Macy's, Inc. — the median salary there is $50K.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Merchandise Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Lucky workers who know Negotiation can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 80 percent above average. Merchandising and Inventory Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 80 percent. Those listing Training and Purchasing as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people 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.


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 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Merchandise Managers make a median salary of $53K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $55K.

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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
up arrow 80%

Merchandising
up arrow 4%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Sales Management
0%

National Average
$47,000

Purchasing
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

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: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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