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Merchandiser Salary

Earnings for Merchandisers in the United States come in at around $11.69 per hour on average. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Merchandisers spread between $19K and $54K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Men make up a slight majority of Merchandisers (51 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of Merchandisers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,465 - $73,761
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $44,257
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$8.72 - $15.87
(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
$26,465 - $73,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,729  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,122  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,200  
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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$18,977 - $54,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $15.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $3.78  
Overtime
$7.07 - $24.28  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,729  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,200  
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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$18,977 - $54,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,188

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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 often transition into Senior Merchandiser positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Merchandisers earn $59K per year. The most common next step for a Merchandiser is to become an Account Manager or a Retail Store Assistant Manager. The former position pays an additional $22K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandiser


PepsiCo Inc, The Home Depot Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Merchandisers. Although salaries only range from $30K to just $39K, Dietz and Watson still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $38K. Also paying near the top of the field are Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. at $32K, Pepsi Bottling Group at $31K, and Frito-Lay, Inc., where Merchandisers annually earn $30K.

Kmart Corporation offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($17K). Macy's, Inc., American Greetings Corporation and Driveline Retail Solutions are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $19K, $20K, and $21K.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser


Merchandisers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Inventory Management and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Retail and Customer Service. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $27K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. Merchandisers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $30K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Merchandisers that is 130 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 (+76 percent), Minneapolis (+57 percent), and Omaha (+45 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Las Vegas and 4 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Inventory Management
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Sales
up arrow 3%

Merchandising
0%

National Average
$28,000

Organizing
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Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Retail
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 305 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 38%