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Merchandiser Salary

Merchandisers in the United States pull down an average of $11.57 per hour. In the world of Merchandisers, overall income ranges from $19K near the bottom to $55K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Merchandisers making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Most Merchandisers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$25,792 - $73,517
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MEDIAN: $44,114
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,792 - $73,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,831  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,523  
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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$18,804 - $54,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 484
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $15.82  
   
Overtime
$7.38 - $24.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,831  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,200  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,523  
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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$18,804 - $54,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,104
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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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As Merchandisers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Merchandiser, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Merchandisers on average earn $59K per year. Given that the typical pay is $25K, it may be surprising to find that a Retail Merchandiser is the most common role for Merchandisers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Retail Store Assistant Manager role — which pays $32K — is also typical for Merchandisers, though less common by comparison.

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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 Dietz and Watson offers the highest salaries (median pay is $38K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $30K to $39K. 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 $31K, $31K, and $30K, respectively.

Sears Holdings Corporation lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($17K). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Macy's, Inc. at $18K, and American Greetings Corporation where $19K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Merchandisers there earn up to $30K.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser


Survey takers who work as Merchandisers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Sales, Merchandising, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. 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.


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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


Merchandisers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 119 percent. Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+110 percent), New York (+83 percent), Omaha (+46 percent), and Los Angeles (+41 percent). Merchandisers in San Antonio make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Houston (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Inventory Management
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Sales
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National Average
$27,000

Merchandising
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Organizing
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Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 38%