Visual Merchandiser Salary (United States)

Pay for Visual Merchandisers in the United States is typically around $13.11 per hour. Pay begins at $9.40 per hour on the low end and climbs to $18.43 near the top. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. While some workers in this profession—around one third—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Visual Merchandiser Salary (?
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$28,755 - $62,812
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MEDIAN: $40,353
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Visual Merchandiser Salary (?
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$9.40 - $18.43
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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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As Visual Merchandisers transition into upper-level roles, they usually see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, it is not uncommon for a Visual Merchandising Manager to earn an extra $16,945 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. A Visual Merchandiser may also move into a role as a Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant.

Visual Merchandiser Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser

Known for taking on a considerable number of Visual Merchandisers, Forever 21, Inc., Macy's, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc. are leading firms in the industry. H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. offers the largest salaries in town—$32,375 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $21K to $49,687) creates a rather varied pay scale.
For Visual Merchandisers, below-average salaries can be found at Forever 21, Inc.; in fact, typical earnings are around $24,960, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($18,823 versus $49,665) is great. Another company with smaller-than-average paychecks is Forever21.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser

Survey takers who work as Visual Merchandisers report a focused set of job skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include display, Customer Service, and styling. Those with knowledge of Design tend to be skilled in Merchandising as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Standard salaries begin at $29K and can reach $33K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $37K. Following a couple decades of work, Visual Merchandisers watch their salaries dip to an average of $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$31,000
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Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Visual Merchandisers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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. Visual Merchandisers in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (-14 percent) and Minneapolis (-3 percent).

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Experience Affects Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Experienced
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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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