Merchandiser Salary

The average Merchandiser in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.78 per hour. Total cash compensation for Merchandisers runs from $19K to $52K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. For the most part, Merchandisers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around two in five lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and half have dental, too. Men make up a slight majority of Merchandisers (53 percent) who responded to the survey. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,730 - $76,205
(Median)
$27K
$44K
$76K
MEDIAN: $44,365
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$8.89 - $15.81
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,730 - $76,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,897  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $5,960  
Commission
$700  
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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$19,225 - $52,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 621
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $15.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$7.20 - $24.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,897  
   
Commission
$700  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $5,960  
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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$19,225 - $52,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,722
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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.

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Merchandisers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Merchandiser. The average Senior Merchandiser brings home $60K per year. Merchandisers typically move into roles as Account Managers or Retail Store Assistant Managers, and those positions pay $23K more and $5K more, respectively.

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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. The biggest paychecks can be found at PepsiCo Inc — the median salary there is $32K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $24K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $47K. Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (+$32K), Pepsi Bottling Group (+$32K), and Frito-Lay, Inc. (+$31K).

With a median employee salary of $17K, Kmart Corporation pays significantly less than its competitors (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


Merchandisers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Training are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 83 percent, 67 percent, and 37 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication, Retail, and Inventory Control. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher 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 $28K. Merchandisers bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,282

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Surpassing the national average by 81 percent, Merchandisers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+80 percent), Seattle (+71 percent), Los Angeles (+45 percent), and Portland (+27 percent). The lowest-paying market is Las Vegas, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Dallas (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Merchandiser Reviews

What is it like working as a Merchandiser?

Merchandiser in Vincennes:
"I enjoy my job and it makes you appreciate true labor!"
Pros: The satisfaction of knowing you helped make things look nicer.
Cons: The inconsistency of jobs.

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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 83%

Data Analysis
up arrow 67%

Training
up arrow 37%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 25%

Customer Relations
up arrow 13%


Sales Management
up arrow 5%

Sales
up arrow 3%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Merchandising
0%

National Average
$27,000

Problem Solving
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Inventory Control
up arrow 5%

Retail
up arrow 12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 343 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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