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Visual Merchandiser Salary

Visual Merchandisers in the United States take home an average $13.15 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. While some workers in this profession — one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Visual Merchandisers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$29,240 - $62,025
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MEDIAN: $40,239
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$9.45 - $18.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,240 - $62,025  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $1,983  
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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$20,585 - $50,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.45 - $18.48  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $30.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$590 - $1,983  
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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$20,585 - $50,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 477
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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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For Visual Merchandisers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like a Visual Merchandising Manager will earn $48K annually. 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


Forever 21, Inc., Macy's, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Visual Merchandisers. Visual Merchandisers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., where the median salary comes to $33K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($21K) and those starting out ($49K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Offering a median salary of only $25K, Forever 21, Inc. pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $19K to $51K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Visual Merchandisers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Merchandising, Design, display, and styling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, styling, and display. The majority of those who know Design also know styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $29K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $33K on average. Visual Merchandisers see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Visual Merchandisers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Visual Merchandisers in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Visual Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+20 percent), New York (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Orlando and 8 percent less in Houston, 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

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Merchandising
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

Design
up arrow 1%

display
up arrow 7%

styling
up arrow 9%

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 32%