Visual Merchandiser Salary

Earnings for Visual Merchandisers in the United States come in at around $13.33 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $9.69 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $18.80. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Although more than half have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, nearly one-third claim no health benefits at all. The vast majority (81 percent) of Visual Merchandisers who took the survey are female. Most Visual Merchandisers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,390 - $62,394
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,214
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$9.69 - $18.80
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$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,390 - $62,394  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$20,790 - $49,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $18.80  
   
Overtime
$13.14 - $30.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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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$20,790 - $49,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 513
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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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Advancing into a Visual Merchandising Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Visual Merchandisers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $49K per year. It is not unusual for a Visual Merchandiser to become a Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser


Dominating the field, Macy's, Inc., Forever 21, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Visual Merchandisers. Those at Bloomingdales Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $36K. H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Anthropologie Inc., and Macy's, Inc. also offer top salaries for Visual Merchandisers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $33K, $31K, and $28K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Forever 21, Inc. at $25K and Forever21 at $26K, though some Visual Merchandisers there earn up to $37K.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Survey results suggest that Visual Merchandisers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Retail, Merchandising, and styling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include display and Customer Service. Those educated in Design tend to be well versed in styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Visual Merchandisers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


With a pay rate for Visual Merchandisers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Visual Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+23 percent), Portland (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). In San Diego, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (17 percent lower) and Houston (13 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

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 15%


National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

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 119 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
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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