Earnings for Visual Merchandisers in the United States come in at around $13.72 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Female Visual Merchandisers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most Visual Merchandisers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,808 - $63,773
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$28K
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$64K
MEDIAN: $40,897
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$9.96 - $19.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,808 - $63,773  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $5,018  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Commission
$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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$21,250 - $48,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $19.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$14.11 - $31.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$350.00 - $5,018  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,250 - $48,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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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.

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Visual Merchandisers often transition into Visual Merchandising Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Visual Merchandising Managers earn $48K per year. It is quite typical for Visual Merchandisers to transition into roles as Visual Managers or Retail Store Managers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $9K higher per year.

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Visual Merchandisers, Macy's, Inc., Target Corporation, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever 21, Inc., and Forever21 are leading firms in the industry. IKEA attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $42K. Visual Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries at Bloomingdales Inc. (+$42K), H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. (+$37K), and Zara (+$35K).

With a median salary of only $25K (70 percent less than the top paying company), Forever 21, Inc. lags significantly in the earnings department. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Kohl's Department Stores Inc, Forever21, and The Container Store. Those companies pay a median salary of $25K.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Survey results imply that Visual Merchandisers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in styling, Visual Merchandising, Project Management, and Retail are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include display, Graphic Design, and People Management. For most people, competency in Design indicates knowledge of styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

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


For many Visual Merchandisers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $33K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Visual Merchandisers make a median salary of $35K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,115

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Visual Merchandisers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Visual Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), New York (+28 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Minneapolis and Washington.

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




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

styling
up arrow 14%

Visual Merchandising
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Retail
up arrow 5%

Design
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Training
up arrow 2%

Merchandising
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National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
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Sales
up arrow 10%

Visualization
up arrow 10%

People Management
up arrow 15%

Graphic Design
up arrow 18%

display
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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