Visual Merchandising Manager Salary
Median pay for Visual Merchandising Managers in the United States is around $56K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Female Visual Merchandising Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Visual Merchandising Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Visual Merchandising Manager
Visual merchandising managers are in charge of managing all aspects of the merchandising visuals for their organization. They are responsible for developing and implementing effective strategies to retain brand identity, as well as increase brand loyalty and generate revenue by using attractive displays. They research market and industry trends, using the results to create impressive visuals for use with their company's offerings. Visual merchandising managers also actively participate in the design and review process, assessing tester models or units based on specific business requirements.Read More...
They interact with internal and external partners to form consistent messaging through merchandising displays, work with colleagues to identify possible merchandising placement, prepare and execute public relations events, and report their progress to the merchandising supervisor or director in their department. Visual merchandising managers use a personal computer to review visual files and respond to correspondence from executives. They also participate in negotiation and budget processes and assist with display installations; they may also supervise visual merchandising staff.
A bachelor's degree in merchandising, industrial design, business management, or a related field is required for this position. Previous managerial experience and experience in a similar position is necessary as well. Visual merchandising managers should be able to multitask and work independently with minimal supervision. They must possess excellent communication skills to work efficiently with other managers and be able to reach organizational objectives within strict deadlines.
Visual Merchandising Manager Tasks
- Visit store locations to supervise the implementation of visual merchandising plans.
- Coordinate the personnel updating in-store merchandise displays.
- Contribute to the development of visual merchandising plans for in-store displays and seasonal product displays.
- Coordinate with senior management to customize store displays for individual retail stores.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandising Manager
Visual Merchandising Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Macy's, Inc., where the average salary comes to $48K.
Popular Skills for Visual Merchandising Manager
Survey results suggest that Visual Merchandising Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Design, and Merchandising are correlated to pay that is above average. Sales Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people who know Merchandising also know Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandising Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Visual Merchandising Managers see a median salary of $56K after reaching one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Visual Merchandising Managers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $52K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Visual Merchandising Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Visual Merchandising Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Portland (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Visual Merchandising Managers in Atlanta earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).
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