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Visual Merchandiser Salary

The average Visual Merchandiser in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.26 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.68 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.75 on the higher side. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although the larger part have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, nearly one-third claim no health benefits at all. Visual Merchandisers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,128 - $62,441
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,285
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$9.68 - $18.75
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,128 - $62,441  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $1,983  
Commission
$1,250 - $7,445  
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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$20,828 - $49,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $18.75  
   
Overtime
$13.22 - $30.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
Commission
$1,250 - $7,445  
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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$20,828 - $49,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 502
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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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Visual Merchandisers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Visual Merchandising Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $49K per year. Becoming a Visual Manager or an Administrative Assistant is often the next step for a Visual Merchandiser.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser


Macy's, Inc., Forever 21, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Visual Merchandisers. Visual Merchandisers flock to Bloomingdales Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $36K lead the pack in compensation. Other employers shelling out big bucks include H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Anthropologie Inc., and Macy's, Inc., where Visual Merchandisers typically earn around $33K, $31K, or $28K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Forever 21, Inc. ($25K), Forever21 ($26K), and Macy's, Inc. ($28K).

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Retail, Merchandising, and styling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include display and Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Design are also skilled in styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $29K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $32K. Visual Merchandisers see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Visual Merchandisers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Visual Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+26 percent), Portland (+21 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (12 percent less) and Washington (7 percent less).

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
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%


National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Retail
up arrow 6%

Merchandising
up arrow 2%

styling
0%

National Average
$31,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

display
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 32%
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