Visual Merchandiser Salary

The average Visual Merchandiser in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.21 per hour. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Most Visual Merchandisers survey respondents are women (75 percent). Most Visual Merchandisers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,430 - $67,348
$29K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,383
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$10.36 - $20.38
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MEDIAN: $14.58
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$0$67K
Salary $29,430 - $67,348
Bonus $309 - $5,817
Profit Sharing $350
Commission $6,750
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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$22,355 - $50,014
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 140
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $10.36 - $20.38
Overtime $15.17 - $32.96
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $309 - $5,817
Commission $6,750
Profit Sharing $350
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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$22,355 - $50,014
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 465

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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. The most common next step for a Visual Merchandiser is to become a Visual Manager or a Retail Store Manager. The former position pays an additional $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

Visual Merchandiser Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Visual Merchandiser


Macy's, Inc., Target Corporation, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc., Bloomingdales Inc., and Zara are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at IKEA — the median salary there is $43K. Bloomingdales Inc., Barneys New York, Inc., and H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. also offer top salaries for Visual Merchandisers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $42K, $40K, and $35K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Kohl's Department Stores Inc at $25K, The Container Store at $25K, and Macy's, Inc., where $29K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Visual Merchandiser


Visual Merchandisers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Visual Merchandising, styling, Training, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Those listing display as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Sales also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Design also know styling.

Pay by Experience Level for Visual Merchandiser

Pay by Experience for a Visual Merchandiser has a positive trend. An entry-level Visual Merchandiser with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 415 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Visual Merchandiser with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 218 salaries. An experienced Visual Merchandiser which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 121 salaries. A Visual Merchandiser with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 46 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,138

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Visual Merchandisers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Visual Merchandisers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Las Vegas (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Portland (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Visual Merchandiser Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Visual Merchandiser

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Visual Merchandiser Salaries

▲13%

▲8%

▲5%

National Average
$32,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Visual Merchandising
▲12%

▲7%

Training
▲6%

Project Management
▲4%

Retail
▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$32,000


Customer Service
▼2%

Interior Design
▼3%

People Management
▼7%

Visualization
▼13%

Sales
▼14%

Graphic Design
▼21%

display
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 28%