Merchandise Manager Salary

Median pay for Merchandise Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $58K per year. Total cash earnings of Merchandise Managers range from $26K on the low end to $93K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $25K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,910 - $101,004
$36K
$59K
$100K
MEDIAN: $59,036
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50%
90%

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$10.79 - $20.44
$11
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.30
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$0$101K
Salary $35,910 - $101,004
Bonus $3.90 - $11,601
Profit Sharing $40.00 - $25,000
Commission $7,500
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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$26,294 - $94,031
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 253
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $10.79 - $20.44
Hourly Tips $4.88
Overtime $13.85 - $30.70
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $3.90 - $11,601
Commission $7,500
Profit Sharing $40.00 - $25,000
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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$26,294 - $94,031
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 140

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Job Description for Merchandise Manager

Merchandise managers work in retail environments and strive to provide products that are enticing to customers and ensure they are in stock. The goal is to increase sales and profits for the location, and it's also important to ensure that the merchandise is arranged in ways that are attractive to customers.

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Merchandise Manager Tasks

  • Create and implement store merchandising plans and standards.
  • Conduct routine store walks and generate reports.
  • Manage merchandising team by coordinating work schedules and activities.
  • Communicate merchandising layouts, planograms, and store listings.

Common Career Paths for Merchandise Manager


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Though some Merchandise Managers move into positions like Operations Manager (where the average salary is $59K), this progression is not the norm. Merchandise Managers most frequently advance into Retail Store Assistant Manager and Assistant Store Manager roles even though the median salaries are $15K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

Merchandise Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandise Manager


Macy's, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $54K.

Popular Skills for Merchandise Manager


Merchandise Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Negotiation, Operations Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 77 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales Management and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Inventory Management indicates knowledge of Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandise Manager

Pay by Experience for a Merchandise Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Merchandise Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Merchandise Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 146 salaries. An experienced Merchandise Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 112 salaries. A Merchandise Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 49 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,749

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Merchandise Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 89 percent above the national average. Merchandise Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+81 percent), Portland (+71 percent), Dallas (+60 percent), and Memphis (+52 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent.

Merchandise Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Merchandise Manager?

Merchandise Manager in Bradenton:
"Visually appealing merchandise placement of clothes."
Pros: Helping customers, changes daily,
Cons: Negative attitudes of employees.

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Key Stats for Merchandise Manager

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Merchandise Manager Salaries

▲12%

▲10%

▲5%

National Average
$48,000

▼23%

Skills That Affect Merchandise Manager Salaries

Negotiation
▲74%

Operations Management
▲5%

Project Management
▲2%

National Average
$48,000

Purchasing
▼2%



Training
▼11%



Customer Service
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 18%
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