Merchandiser Salary

Earnings for Merchandisers in the United States come in at around $12.10 per hour on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Merchandisers can bottom out near $20K or peak near $48K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-half. Most Merchandisers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Merchandisers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,918 - $73,830
$25K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,659
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$9.45 - $16.37
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MEDIAN: $12.16
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$0$73K
Salary $24,918 - $73,830
Bonus $291.87 - $8,941
Profit Sharing $145.44 - $7,728
Commission $981 - $20,203
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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$20,170 - $48,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 469
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.45 - $16.37
Hourly Tips $0.48 - $3.86
Overtime $9.83 - $25.53
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $291.87 - $8,941
Commission $981 - $20,203
Profit Sharing $145.44 - $7,728
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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$20,170 - $48,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,822

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Job Description for Merchandiser

Merchandisers are responsible for controlling advertisements and related setups in grocery stores for specific items, as well as traveling to different stores to restock and remove items within stores. They are also tasked with keeping things clean, retagging shelves, and stocking new items upon delivery.

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Merchandiser Tasks

  • Implement shelf planograms.
  • Communicate changes or additions to current products.
  • Set up displays and change signage for products.
  • Maintain store shelf standards and inventory, including rotation of products.
  • Stock, restock, and order merchandise.

Common Career Paths for Merchandiser


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Though it's uncommon, some Merchandisers move into roles as Category Managers, where pay is an average $80K per year. A common career progression for a Merchandiser is to become an Account Manager or a Senior Merchandiser. Compared to Merchandisers, the first group earns $23K more on average, and the second group earns $32K more.

Merchandiser Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Merchandiser


The Home Depot Inc., Acosta Sales & Marketing Company, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Group, Frito-Lay, Inc., and The Coca-Cola Company are among the top companies that take on many Merchandisers. For Merchandisers, comfortable salaries can be found at PepsiCo Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $38K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($25K versus $49K) is great. Merchandisers can also look forward to large paychecks at Pepsi Bottling Group ($36K), Frito-Lay, Inc. ($34K), and The Coca-Cola Company ($34K).

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Kmart Corporation — the median salary comes to just $18K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Driveline Retail Solutions, Macy's, Inc., and Best Buy also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $20K, $21K, and $22K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Merchandiser


Merchandisers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office, Order Inventory, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 69 percent, 31 percent, and 26 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication, Problem Solving, and Retail. Most people who know Customer Service also know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Merchandiser

Pay by Experience for a Merchandiser has a positive trend. An entry-level Merchandiser with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 1,586 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Merchandiser with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 576 salaries. An experienced Merchandiser which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 357 salaries. A Merchandiser with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 112 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,667

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Merchandisers, 73 percent higher than the national average. Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+64 percent), San Francisco (+45 percent), Indianapolis (+36 percent), and Los Angeles (+31 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

Merchandiser Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Merchandiser?

Merchandiser in Wichita Falls:
"Very straight forward."
Pros: - decent pay. - flexible. -good for part timers.
Cons: -very hard to get a raise. -system malfunctions almost constantly. -communication between bosses is horrid. -you are a statistic, not an employee. -rare to get above 25 hours. - NO BENEFITS.

Merchandiser in Plano:
"Fine."
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: Lack of communication amongst departments.

Merchandiser in Vincennes:
"I enjoy my job and it makes you appreciate true labor!"
Pros: The satisfaction of knowing you helped make things look nicer.
Cons: The inconsistency of jobs.

Merchandiser in Chino:
"Working here sucks."
Pros: Not stressful, lots of downtime, good team.
Cons: Terrible pay and benefits, frequent overtime without compensation, have to pay for medical, dental, and vision insurances, not challenging, minimal learning or career advancement opportunities, dead-end field.

Merchandiser in Tampa:
"Work Smarter not harder."
Pros: There is always Something different to do everyday.
Cons: Redoing things that are not logical.

Merchandiser in Perryton Texas:
"Hours."
Pros: Weekends off.
Cons: The pay for amount of work performed.

Merchandiser in Dayton:
"Just ok."
Pros: Independent work.
Cons: On call all day. Work every other day, no full weekend off.

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Key Stats for Merchandiser

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 380 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Merchandiser Salaries

▲13%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$28,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Merchandiser Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲68%

Order Inventory
▲30%

▲25%

Training
▲23%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲17%

Microsoft Excel
▲11%

▲3%


National Average
$28,000

Merchandising
▼2%

Organizing
▼2%


Merchandiser
▼11%

Retail
▼14%

Problem Solving
▼16%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 380 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 42%
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