Merchandiser Salary

For Merchandisers, hourly average wages total $11.78 per hour. Total cash compensation to Merchandisers bottoms out near $19K and approaches $52K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Merchandisers, who typically claim 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 53 percent of the field. Approximately two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and roughly one-half claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale 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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$8
$12
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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.

Common Career Paths for Merchandiser


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Merchandisers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Merchandiser. The latter position pays an average of $60K annually. Merchandisers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Account Managers or Retail Store Assistant Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $23K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Merchandisers flock to The Home Depot Inc., PepsiCo Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although PepsiCo Inc leads the field in pay with a median salary of $32K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $24K on the low end all the way up to $47K at the top. Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Group, and Frito-Lay, Inc. also offer top salaries for Merchandisers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $32K, $32K, and $31K, respectively.

Merchandisers will find the worst pay at Kmart Corporation, where the median salary crawls in at $17K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $19K, leaving little room for growth. Other low-paying employers include Sears Holdings Corporation at $17K and Macy's, Inc. at $20K, though some Merchandisers there earn up to $30K.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser


Survey takers working as Merchandisers report using a large range of professional skills. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $28K. Merchandisers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. Merchandisers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,282

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 81 percent, Merchandisers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+80 percent), Seattle (+71 percent), Los Angeles (+45 percent), and Portland (+27 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Las Vegas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Dallas (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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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