Merchandise Manager Salary

Earnings for Merchandise Managers in the United States come in at around $56K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Merchandise Managers ranges from $26K on the lower end to $93K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. More than half of Merchandise Managers (67 percent) survey participants are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Merchandise Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,689 - $98,950
$37K
$56K
$99K
MEDIAN: $55,502
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$10.50 - $20.35
$11
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.54
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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,689 - $98,950  
   
Bonus
$3.93 - $14,816  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $15,456  
Commission
$9,887  
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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$25,901 - $92,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.50 - $20.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.82  
Overtime
$14.79 - $33.05  
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
$3.93 - $14,816  
   
Commission
$9,887  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $15,456  
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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$25,901 - $92,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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

  • Create and implement store merchandising plans and standards.
  • Conduct routine store walks and generate reports.
  • Manage merchandising team by coordinating work schedules and activities.
  • Communicate merchandising layouts, planograms, and store listings.

Common Career Paths for Merchandise Manager


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There are some Merchandise Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Operations Managers, where earnings are an average $59K annually. An Assistant Store Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Merchandise Managers. Paychecks for that role are $37K 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


Macy's, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $54K on average.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Negotiation, Operations Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 80 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Sales Management, and Inventory Management. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Merchandise Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,109

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Merchandise Managers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 85 percent. Merchandise Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+84 percent), Portland (+74 percent), Dallas (+57 percent), and Memphis (+54 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 13 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Merchandise Manager

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲13%

▲11%

National Average
$46,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
▲80%

Operations Management
▲8%

Project Management
▲6%

Purchasing
▲2%

National Average
$46,000



Training
▼8%



Customer Service
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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