Visual Merchandiser Salary

Visual Merchandisers in the United States can expect wages of $13.33 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $9.68 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.77 on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Female Visual Merchandisers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Visual Merchandisers is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,672 - $62,053

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$9.68 - $18.77

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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,672 - $62,053  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,987  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $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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$20,788 - $49,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $18.77  
   
Overtime
$13.14 - $30.93  
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
$0.00 - $2,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $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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$20,788 - $49,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 519
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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 who move on to become Visual Merchandising Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Visual Merchandising Managers get paid an average of $49K per year. 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Visual Merchandisers include Macy's, Inc., Forever 21, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Forever21, and Anthropologie Inc. Bloomingdales Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $36K. Soaring salaries can also be found at H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Anthropologie Inc., and Macy's, Inc., where earnings of $33K, $31K, or $28K are standard for Visual Merchandisers.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Forever 21, Inc. at $25K, and Forever21 where $26K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Visual Merchandisers there earn up to $37K.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Visual Merchandisers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Retail, Merchandising, and styling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include display and Customer Service. Those educated in Design tend to be well versed in styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

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


For Visual Merchandisers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $36K.

Pay Difference by Location


Visual Merchandisers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Visual Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), Portland (+23 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Houston and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 12 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
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Retail
up arrow 6%

Merchandising
up arrow 1%

styling
0%

National Average
$31,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 11%

display
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 32%
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