Visual Merchandiser Salary

Visual Merchandisers in the United States take home an average $13.98 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Although about one in four lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Most Visual Merchandisers survey respondents are women (76 percent). The majority of Visual Merchandisers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,752 - $65,306
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$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $41,286
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$10.10 - $19.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,752 - $65,306  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $6,182  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Commission
$2,200  
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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$21,670 - $48,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $19.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$15.03 - $32.23  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$290.87 - $6,182  
   
Commission
$2,200  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,670 - $48,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 505

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Job Description for Visual Merchandiser

Merchandising is an essential component of advertising, marketing, and sale. A visual merchandiser designs, develops, and implements the visual look of a retail store and the merchandise being sold. The size of the store affects the scope of the merchandisers' responsibilities, but they usually oversee visual display, inventory management, and training employees on merchandising.

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Visual Merchandiser Tasks

  • Work under the direction of the visual merchandising manager to customize product displays for a retail store.
  • Facilitate customer buying decisions by ensuring product information is readily accessible.
  • Arrange aisles and displays to provide easy customer access and make products easy to find.
  • Manage the building and updating of in-store merchandise displays.

Common Career Paths for Visual Merchandiser


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Visual Merchandisers who move on to become Visual Merchandising Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Visual Merchandising Managers get paid an average of $49K per year. It is quite typical for Visual Merchandisers to transition into roles as Visual Managers or Retail Store Managers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser


Many Visual Merchandisers can be found at Macy's, Inc., Target Corporation, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Bloomingdales Inc., and Zara, firms that are at the top of the field. IKEA offers the largest salaries in town — $43K on average. Soaring salaries can also be found at Bloomingdales Inc., Barneys New York, Inc., and H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., where earnings of $42K, $40K, or $35K are standard for Visual Merchandisers.

Workers at Kohl's Department Stores Inc, The Container Store, and Macy's, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $25K, $25K, and $29K respectively.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Survey results imply that Visual Merchandisers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Visual Merchandising, styling, Training, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Those listing display as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Sales also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Design also know styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

Pay by Experience for a Visual Merchandiser has a positive trend. An entry-level Visual Merchandiser with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 415 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Visual Merchandiser with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 218 salaries. An experienced Visual Merchandiser which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 121 salaries. A Visual Merchandiser with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 46 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,644

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Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Visual Merchandisers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Visual Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Las Vegas (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). In Houston, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Portland (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Visual Merchandiser Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Visual Merchandiser?

Visual Merchandiser in Corvallis:
"Fulfilling, rewarding, labor intensive, fast pace and busy."
Pros: Making things beautiful and customers happy.
Cons: Stress, politics, understaffed.

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Key Stats for Visual Merchandiser

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Visual Merchandiser Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲6%

National Average
$32,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Visual Merchandising
▲13%

▲9%

Training
▲7%

Project Management
▲5%

Retail
▲3%

▲2%


Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$32,000

Interior Design
▼2%

People Management
▼6%

Visualization
▼11%

Sales
▼13%

Graphic Design
▼19%

display
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 27%
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