Visual Merchandiser Salary

An average Visual Merchandiser in the United States can expect to take home roughly $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 company, followed by geography and experience level. There are far more female Visual Merchandisers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Most Visual Merchandisers report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,986 - $62,519
(Median)
$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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Many Visual Merchandisers move into a Visual Merchandising Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $49K per year. Becoming a Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant is a common transition from a Visual Merchandiser role.

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Macy's, Inc., Forever 21, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Bloomingdales Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Visual Merchandisers. Bloomingdales Inc. offers the largest salaries in town ($40K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $25K to $46K. 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 $34K, $31K, and $28K, respectively.

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. Most people skilled in Design are similarly competent in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,168

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Visual Merchandisers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. 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). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Washington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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
up arrow 12%

styling
up arrow 5%

Retail
up arrow 5%

Visualization
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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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