Job Description for Merchandiser
Merchandisers are responsible for controlling advertisements and related setups in grocery stores for specific items, as well as traveling to different stores to restock and remove items within stores. They are also tasked with keeping things clean, retagging shelves, and stocking new items upon delivery.Read More...
Merchandisers must be organized and able to make the most of their time, and should maintain an understanding of what is selling and what is not. They must also have excellent communication skills to work with customers and other employees in a friendly manner and drive customers toward products. Finally, they should be comfortable working independently as well as collaboratively with employees of the store and other vendors.
A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and prior experience in the field is beneficial but not necessarily required. Merchandisers must also be able to lift up to 30 pounds on occasion and maintain a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, as the position relies heavily on travel.
- Implement shelf planograms.
- Communicate changes or additions to current products.
- Set up displays and change signage for products.
- Maintain store shelf standards and inventory, including rotation of products.
- Stock, restock, and order merchandise.
Common Career Paths for Merchandiser
Merchandisers do not often transition into Category Manager roles. The role averages $80K per year. Merchandisers most often move into positions as Account Managers or Senior Merchandisers; those groups report median salaries that are $23K higher and $32K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandiser
Merchandisers fill the offices of leading firms The Home Depot Inc., Pepsi Bottling Group, Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc., Frito-Lay, Inc., and The Coca-Cola Company. Employees of PepsiCo Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $35K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $25K to $48K. Pepsi Bottling Group, Frito-Lay, Inc., and Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Merchandisers earning around $35K, $34K, or $33K at each firm, respectively.
The lowest pay by far can be found at Kmart Corporation — this employer offers a median salary of $18K, just about half of the top paying company's median. Driveline Retail Solutions, Macy's, Inc., and Best Buy are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($20K, $21K, and $22K respectively).
Popular Skills for Merchandiser
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Order Inventory, Data Analysis, and Training are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 28 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication, Retail, and Problem Solving. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $26K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $28K on average. Merchandisers see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.
Pay Difference by Location
For Merchandisers, New York provides a pay rate that is 74 percent greater than the national average. Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+64 percent), Seattle (+61 percent), San Francisco (+48 percent), and Los Angeles (+34 percent). Sacramento is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and St. Louis (7 percent less).
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