Average Merchandising Assistants in the United States make around $14.98 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Merchandising Assistants (90 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,240 - $50,795
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,326
10%
50%
90%

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$9.18 - $20.44
(Median)
$9
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,240 - $50,795  
   
Bonus
$443.85 - $4,172  
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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$20,280 - $48,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $20.44  
   
Overtime
$16.63 - $34.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$443.85 - $4,172  
   
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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$20,280 - $48,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Merchandising Assistant


Merchandising Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, Merchandising, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Merchandising also know Microsoft Office.

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Experience Affects Merchandising Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%


National Average
$35,000

Experienced
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Skills That Affect Merchandising Assistant Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Merchandising
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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