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Merchandise Planning Manager Salary

Merchandise Planning Managers in the United States take home an average $87K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Merchandise Planning Managers. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Female Merchandise Planning Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 67 percent of professionals. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,315 - $112,125
MEDIAN: $87,359

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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.
$61,315 - $112,125  
$509 - $16,560  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $9,000  
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).
$61,150 - $121,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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Job Description for Merchandise Planning Manager

The merchandise planning manager is a position that is often sought after by various companies in the retail industry. Most companies are looking for applicants that have a bachelor's degree. A few employers may be willing to consider applicants with a high school diploma or associate's degree as well. Most employers will require at least four years of experience in the retail industry, although some may require as many as seven years. The merchandise planning manager needs to be familiar with the Microsoft Office suite of products, especially Excel and Word. This is usually an indoor position unless the store the manager works for is outdoors, and the position usually involves quite a bit of walking throughout different departments.


Merchandise Planning Manager Tasks

  • Meet financial objectives by deciding when to increase prices or put items on sale.
  • Track the level of inventory compared to the number of sales.
  • Make decisions about what merchandise to buy based on past sales and current market trends.
  • Monitor sales levels to identify sales opportunities and predict future sales.

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Merchandise Planning Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Financial Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Forecasting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. Experience with Forecasting is often linked with knowledge of Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandise Planning Manager

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $85K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $93K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Merchandise Planning Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $105K on average.

Merchandise Planning Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Merchandise Planning Manager in Thousand Oaks:
"Hard Work Pays Off."
Rule number one: work hard. Never say things that are going to be obvious to most people who have more experience. Rookies who are eager to prove what they know usually just end up sounding dumb.

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Experience Affects Merchandise Planning Manager Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Merchandise Planning Manager Salaries

Inventory Management
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Strategic Planning
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Financial Analysis
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National Average

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.


67 %
33 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%