An average Merchandiser in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.03 per hour. In the world of Merchandisers, total cash compensation can vary between $20K and $47K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $9K and $7K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the company and years of experience. The majority of Merchandisers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Merchandisers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and just under one-half claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,763 - $74,548
$26K
$43K
$75K
MEDIAN: $42,574
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$9.24 - $16.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,763 - $74,548  
   
Bonus
$295.59 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $7,272  
Commission
$3,100  
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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$19,874 - $47,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $16.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.49 - $5.96  
Overtime
$8.39 - $25.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$295.59 - $8,500  
   
Commission
$3,100  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $7,272  
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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$19,874 - $47,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,858

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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.

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Merchandiser Tasks

  • 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


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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

National Average: $27,257

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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).

Merchandiser Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Merchandiser?

Merchandiser in Vincennes:
"I enjoy my job and it makes you appreciate true labor!"
Pros: The satisfaction of knowing you helped make things look nicer.
Cons: The inconsistency of jobs.

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Key Stats for Merchandiser

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 314 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Order Inventory
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Training
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Microsoft Excel
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Sales Management
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National Average
$27,000



Merchandiser
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Inventory Control
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Problem Solving
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Retail
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 314 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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