Visual Merchandiser Salary (United States)

Pay for Visual Merchandisers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.11 per hour. The range in pay spans from $9.40 per hour to $18.43. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the specific company. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Visual Merchandisers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Visual Merchandiser Salary (?
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$28,755 - $62,812
(Median)
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50K
63K
MEDIAN: $40,353
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Visual Merchandiser Salary (?
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$9.40 - $18.43
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,755 - $62,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $1,989  
Commission
$4,150 - $10,000  
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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$20,563 - $50,893  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.40 - $18.43  
   
Overtime
$13.57 - $30.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
   
Commission
$4,150 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $1,989  
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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$20,563 - $50,893  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 479
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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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Visual Merchandiser

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Compensation usually increases greatly for Visual Merchandisers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Visual Merchandising Manager may make an additional $16,945 per year than lower-end positions. It is not uncommon for a Visual Merchandiser to continue on to become a Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

Visual Merchandiser Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser

Forever 21, Inc., Macy's, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Visual Merchandisers. Though H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $32,375, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $21K on the low end all the way up to $49,687.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Forever 21, Inc., where the median salary is just $24,960. Workers at Forever21 also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include display, Customer Service, and styling. Design and Merchandising are correlating skills—those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $29K, which grow to $33K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $37K. After two decades on the job, Visual Merchandisers' pay actually begins to decline, averaging $37K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$31,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Visual Merchandisers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where Visual Merchandisers annually earn 20 percent, 19 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent more than the national average. Place of residency plays a huge part in a Visual Merchandiser's salary, with Orlando Visual Merchandisers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Workers in Houston and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-14 percent and -3 percent).

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Experience Affects Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%
Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Merchandising
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National Average
$31,000
Design
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styling
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Customer Service
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display
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 31%
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