Merchandiser Salary (United States)

Merchandisers in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $11.55 per hour. Pay starts at $8.64 per hour and can approach $15.78 on the higher side. Overall compensation packages to Merchandisers range from $18,816 on the low end to $55,261 on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $5,791 and profit sharing that approaches $3,452, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $33K. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all—around one third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 53 percent. Most Merchandisers report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Merchandiser Salary (?
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$25,721 - $73,523
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MEDIAN: $44,023
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,721 - $73,523  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,791  
Profit Sharing
$98.92 - $3,452  
Commission
$0.00 - $33,472  
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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$18,816 - $55,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 494
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Hourly Rate
$8.64 - $15.78  
   
Overtime
$7.42 - $24.05  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,791  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $33,472  
Profit Sharing
$98.92 - $3,452  
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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$18,816 - $55,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,093
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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 may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Senior Merchandiser position may earn an additional $33K per year. Becoming a Retail Merchandiser is, more often than not, the most common role that Merchandisers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career, despite the fact that salaries take a $2,714 cut. Another frequent advance is for Merchandisers to assume a Retail Store Assistant Manager role; in this role, workers often enjoy a $4,840 raise in pay.

Merchandiser Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandiser

Merchandisers flock to PepsiCo Inc, The Home Depot Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., and Pepsi Bottling Group, highly-regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Amazon.com Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $69,866. Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries at PepsiCo Inc (+$31,965), Pepsi Bottling Group (+$31,965, $31,612), and Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (+$30,714).
With a reported median salary of only $17,556, Sears Holdings Corporation easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 298 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Macy's, Inc. at $18,299, and American Greetings Corporation where $18,748 is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Merchandisers there earn up to $30K.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser

Merchandisers report using a wide range of professional skills. Inventory Management and Sales are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. 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.
For Merchandisers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $26K, increasing to $29K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $29K after one to two decades. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Merchandisers after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $30K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$28,000
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For Merchandisers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 110 percent greater than the national average. San Francisco, New York, Omaha, and Los Angeles also offer top salaries for Merchandisers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 90 percent, 82 percent, 55 percent, and 44 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Las Vegas and Houston (-6 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Inventory Management
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$28,000
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Organizing
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 38%