Visual Merchandiser Salary

For Visual Merchandisers, hourly average wages total $13.61 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.80 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.94 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Visual Merchandisers is high. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Visual Merchandisers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,986 - $62,519
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$29K
$40K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,138
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$9.80 - $18.94
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,986 - $62,519  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,942  
Profit Sharing
$1,625  
Commission
$2,181  
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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$20,972 - $48,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $18.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$13.68 - $30.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,942  
   
Commission
$2,181  
Profit Sharing
$1,625  
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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$20,972 - $48,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 608
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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 $49K per year. It is not uncommon for a Visual Merchandiser to continue on to become a Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser


Macy's, Inc., Forever 21, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Bloomingdales Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Visual Merchandisers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Bloomingdales Inc. — the median salary there is $40K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $25K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $46K. Also paying near the top of the field are H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. at $34K, 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 The Container Store at $25K, and Forever 21, Inc. where $25K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Visual Merchandisers there earn up to $50K.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Visual Merchandisers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, styling, Retail, and Visualization are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include display, Sales, 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.


For Visual Merchandisers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Visual Merchandisers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,168

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Home to some of the best pay for Visual Merchandisers, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Visual Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Portland (+22 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Houston and 8 percent less in Washington, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Project Management
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styling
up arrow 5%

Retail
up arrow 5%

Visualization
up arrow 4%

Merchandising
0%

Design
0%

National Average
$31,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 11%

display
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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