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Merchandiser Salary

Merchandisers in the United States take home approximately $11.66 per hour on average. Total incomes of Merchandisers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $19K and $54K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Although the larger part have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, approximately two in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Merchandisers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Merchandisers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$26,653 - $74,326
(Median)
$27K
$45K
$74K
MEDIAN: $44,514
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$8.69 - $15.82
(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
$26,653 - $74,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,967  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,122  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,200  
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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$18,899 - $54,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 504
National Hourly Rate 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$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $15.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $3.78  
Overtime
$7.06 - $24.35  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,967  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,200  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,122  
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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$18,899 - $54,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,234

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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 often transition into Senior Merchandiser positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Merchandisers earn $59K per year. It is quite typical for Merchandisers to transition into roles as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Account Managers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $22K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandiser


Known for taking on a considerable number of Merchandisers, PepsiCo Inc, The Home Depot Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Dietz and Watson offers the best pay with a median salary of $38K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $30K and maxing out at just $39K. Other big spenders include Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Group, and Frito-Lay, Inc., top-paying firms where Merchandisers see paychecks nearing $32K, $31K, or $30K.

Sears Holdings Corporation lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($17K). Employees at Macy's, Inc., American Greetings Corporation, and Driveline Retail Solutions can also expect below-average earnings of $19K, $20K, and $21K.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser


Survey results show that Merchandisers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Sales, Merchandising, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Retail and Customer Service. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandiser

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


For Merchandisers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. On average, Merchandisers make $29K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Merchandiser generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Merchandisers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 88 percent above the national average. Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+81 percent), Seattle (+77 percent), Omaha (+66 percent), and Minneapolis (+58 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Las Vegas and Houston (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 5%

Sales
up arrow 3%

Merchandising
0%

National Average
$27,000

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Retail
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 306 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 39%
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