Visual Merchandiser Salary

Visual Merchandisers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.30 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.67 per hour to $18.74. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Visual Merchandisers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Visual Merchandisers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,367 - $62,441
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,254
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$9.67 - $18.74
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,367 - $62,441  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $2,000  
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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$20,763 - $49,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $18.74  
   
Overtime
$13.15 - $30.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $2,000  
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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$20,763 - $49,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
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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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Visual Merchandisers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Visual Merchandising Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $48K per year. A Visual Merchandiser may also move into a role as a Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser


Known for taking on a considerable number of Visual Merchandisers, Macy's, Inc., Forever 21, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc. are leading firms in the industry. For Visual Merchandisers, comfortable salaries can be found at Bloomingdales Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $36K, the highest in the area. Other leaders in compensation levels are H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. at $33K, Anthropologie Inc. at $31K, and Macy's, Inc., where Visual Merchandisers annually earn $28K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Forever 21, Inc. at $25K, and Forever21 where $26K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Visual Merchandisers there earn up to $37K.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Visual Merchandisers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Retail, Merchandising, and styling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include display and Customer Service. Those familiar with Design also tend to know styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $29K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Visual Merchandisers make a median salary of $36K. Visual Merchandisers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Visual Merchandisers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Visual Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), Portland (+21 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Diego. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (17 percent lower) and Houston (12 percent lower).

Visual Merchandiser Reviews

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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Experience Affects Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Retail
up arrow 6%

Merchandising
up arrow 1%

styling
0%

National Average
$31,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

display
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 32%
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