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Visual Merchandiser Salary (United States)

A typical Visual Merchandiser in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.11 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Female Visual Merchandisers far outnumber their male contemporaries in the field. Work is enjoyable for Visual Merchandisers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Visual Merchandiser Salary (?
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$28,755 - $62,812
(Median)
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63K
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  
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  
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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For Visual Merchandisers who go on to become Visual Merchandising Managers, career advancement usually has a positive, and rather large, impact on pay. A Visual Merchandising Manager earns $48K annually on average. A Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant is a typical transition from a Visual Merchandiser role.

Visual Merchandiser Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser

Many Visual Merchandisers can be found at Forever 21, Inc., Macy's, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $32K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $21K to $50K.
Offering a median salary of only $25K, Forever 21, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $19K to $50K isn't that wide, either. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Forever21 ($25K) and Macy's, Inc. ($28K).

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser

Visual Merchandisers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Merchandising, Design, styling, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include display, Customer Service, and styling. Aptitude in Design tends to also indicate an understanding of Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Visual Merchandisers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $37K. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$31,000
Seattle
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Houston
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For Visual Merchandisers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Visual Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+20 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Visual Merchandiser's salary, with Orlando Visual Merchandisers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Minneapolis (14 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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%