Women account for the majority of Merchandising Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $15.04 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Merchandising Assistants are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Some workers in this field — close to one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,512 - $50,504
$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,509
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90%

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$9.29 - $20.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,512 - $50,504  
   
Bonus
$453.02 - $3,860  
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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$20,442 - $48,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $20.65  
   
Overtime
$16.83 - $34.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$453.02 - $3,860  
   
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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$20,442 - $48,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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Job Description for Merchandising Assistant

For any sales operation, it is important to keep track of how products are purchased, advertised, and sold to efficiently maintain inventory and meet customers' needs. Larger firms often create merchandising departments specifically dedicated to this task, within which are various managers who oversee areas such as maintaining product lines, purchasing, advertisement, vendor relationships, and customer service. Merchandising assistants are responsible for providing administrative support to these managers. While merchandising departments exist in many firms, they are often found in large retail operations with a large number of product lines that these companies must manage.

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Merchandising Assistant Tasks

  • Maintain and reconcile accounts, creating invoices and sending checks.
  • Enter, validate and authorize data.
  • Analyze data, write reports and create documents and presentations.
  • Update and maintain product catalog and descriptions, working with suppliers.
  • Coordinate meetings, organize calendars and create and send correspondence.

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Popular Skills for Merchandising Assistant


Merchandising Assistants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Merchandising, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Merchandising also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandising Assistant

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $39K. Merchandising Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Merchandising Assistants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $32K.

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Key Stats for Merchandising Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Merchandising Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%


National Average
$35,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Merchandising Assistant Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 11%



National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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