Merchandiser Salary

Average Merchandisers in the United States make around $11.71 per hour. Total cash compensation to Merchandisers bottoms out near $19K and approaches $53K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and around half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Merchandisers is high. Men make up a slight majority of Merchandisers (52 percent) who responded to the survey. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$26,202 - $74,724
(Median)
$26K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $44,507
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$8.75 - $15.89
(Median)
$8
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,202 - $74,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,907  
Profit Sharing
$112.50 - $6,250  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,056  
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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$18,970 - $53,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 522
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.75 - $15.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $3.73  
Overtime
$7.18 - $24.47  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,907  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,056  
Profit Sharing
$112.50 - $6,250  
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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$18,970 - $53,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,353
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Job Description for Merchandiser

  • Maintain store shelf standards and inventory, including rotation of products.
  • Stock, restock, and order merchandise.
  • Set up displays and change signage for products.
  • Implement shelf planograms.
  • Communicate changes or additions to current products.

Common Career Paths for Merchandiser


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Merchandisers who go on to become Senior Merchandisers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Merchandisers is $59K annually. A common career progression for a Merchandiser is to become an Account Manager or a Retail Store Assistant Manager. Compared to Merchandisers, the first group earns $22K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandiser


The Home Depot Inc., PepsiCo Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Merchandisers. Merchandisers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., where the median salary comes to $32K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($23K) and those starting out ($43K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at Pepsi Bottling Group, Frito-Lay, Inc., and PepsiCo Inc, where earnings of $31K, $31K, or $30K are standard for Merchandisers.

Kmart Corporation pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $17K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sears Holdings Corporation at $17K, and Macy's, Inc. where $20K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Merchandisers there earn up to $30K.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser


Survey results imply that Merchandisers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Training, Inventory Management, and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 6 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Retail, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Inventory Control. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandiser

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


Merchandisers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $29K. On average, Merchandisers make $29K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $31K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Merchandisers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 86 percent above the national average. Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+82 percent), Omaha (+75 percent), Seattle (+71 percent), and Minneapolis (+54 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Las Vegas (5 percent lower) and Houston (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Training
up arrow 43%

Inventory Management
up arrow 6%

Sales
up arrow 3%

Merchandising
0%

National Average
$27,000

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Retail
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 39%
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