Merchandiser Salary

The average Merchandiser in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.70 per hour. Cash earnings for Merchandisers — including $6K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $19K to $53K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The majority of Merchandisers claim high levels of job satisfaction. While two in five report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and approximately one-half have dental, as well. 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. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,362 - $74,456
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $44,428
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$8.75 - $15.85
(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
$26,362 - $74,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,967  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,122  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,056  
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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$18,966 - $53,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.75 - $15.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $3.73  
Overtime
$7.29 - $24.57  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,967  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,056  
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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$18,966 - $53,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,332
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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 who transition into a Senior Merchandiser role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K per year. Merchandisers typically move into roles as Account Managers or Retail Store Assistant Managers, and those positions pay $22K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandiser


The Home Depot Inc., PepsiCo Inc, The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Merchandisers. Employees of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $32K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $23K to $43K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Pepsi Bottling Group, Frito-Lay, Inc., and PepsiCo Inc, where earnings of $31K, $31K, or $30K are standard for Merchandisers.

Kmart Corporation offers the least pay with a median salary of $17K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $20K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sears Holdings Corporation at $17K, and Macy's, Inc. where $19K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Merchandisers there earn up to $30K.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser


Survey results suggest that Merchandisers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Training, Inventory Management, and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Retail, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Inventory Control. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandiser

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


Merchandisers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $29K. Merchandisers see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $31K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Merchandisers that is 86 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+81 percent), Seattle (+78 percent), Omaha (+67 percent), and Minneapolis (+54 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Las Vegas (9 percent less) and Houston (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Training
up arrow 43%

Inventory Management
up arrow 5%

Sales
up arrow 3%

Merchandising
0%

National Average
$27,000

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Inventory Control
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Retail
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 39%
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