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Working As A Merchandiser

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Merchandiser Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Merchandiser

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Average Length of Employment
Field Merchandiser 2.8 years
Store Merchandiser 2.4 years
Dairy Clerk 2.4 years
Grocery Associate 2.0 years
Merchandiser 2.0 years
Reset Merchandiser 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Merchandiser
Cashier 19.4%
Manager 4.8%
Server 3.2%
Internship 3.1%
Supervisor 2.7%
Stocker 2.3%
Associate 2.2%
Top Careers After Merchandiser
Cashier 12.9%
Driver 5.6%
Manager 3.8%
Server 3.5%
Supervisor 2.7%
Internship 2.5%

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Merchandiser Demographics

Gender

Male

51.9%

Female

39.0%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.5%

French

5.7%

Chinese

3.2%

Mandarin

3.1%

German

3.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Italian

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Arabic

1.3%

Carrier

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Korean

0.9%

Tagalog

0.7%

Hmong

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Greek

0.5%

Polish

0.4%
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Merchandiser Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.5%

The Academy

6.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.6%

Ashford University

5.3%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Michigan State University

4.7%

Liberty University

3.9%

Houston Community College

3.7%

Baker College

3.7%

Western Michigan University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Kent State University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%

Full Sail University

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Miami Dade College

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Business

28.8%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

General Studies

6.3%

Marketing

5.1%

Accounting

5.0%

Psychology

4.6%

Graphic Design

3.9%

Communication

3.9%

Computer Science

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Management

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Nursing

3.0%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.3%

English

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Biology

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

36.0%

Bachelors

33.1%

Associate

17.7%

Certificate

5.7%

Masters

4.1%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Merchandiser make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Merchandiser in the United States is $31,909 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $52,000.

Real Merchandiser Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ethanol Merchandiser Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Zeeland, MI Jan 09, 2016 $150,000
Ethanol Merchandiser Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Zeeland, MI Nov 19, 2015 $150,000
Ethanol Merchandiser Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. Zeeland, MI Sep 01, 2013 $150,000
Merchandiser LF Sourcing Millwork LLC New York, NY Nov 02, 2012 $125,000
International Pulse Merchandiser Columbia Grain, Inc. Great Falls, MT Aug 09, 2016 $110,000
National Merchandiser GFSC Services LLC Grand Rapids, MI Dec 01, 2013 $109,242
Merchandiser Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 15, 2014 $104,666 -
$145,400
Merchandiser Ermenegildo Zegna Corporation New York, NY Sep 30, 2012 $90,000
Merchandiser Shuei Trading USA, Inc. Richmond, NY Aug 24, 2012 $87,860
Merchandiser B R Gems USA LLC New York, NY Jun 11, 2015 $86,715
Merchandiser Sap Global Marketing, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 24, 2016 $86,600
Merchandiser Gavilon Grain LLC Omaha, NE Jan 20, 2015 $86,000 -
$120,000
Production Merchandiser Mantra Inc. New York, NY Feb 05, 2015 $86,000
Merchandiser de Novo Imports, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Jul 21, 2014 $70,000
Import Specialty Food Merchandiser The Chefs' Warehouse Mid-Atlantic, LLC MD Oct 01, 2014 $70,000
Merchandiser BNA Textile Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 17, 2015 $69,000
Merchandiser Jerry Leigh of California CA May 02, 2016 $68,744
Merchandiser Kc & OJ Golden Root LLC Los Angeles, CA Jul 28, 2016 $66,165
Merchandiser VF Sportswear, Inc. New York, NY Oct 11, 2014 $65,000
Merchandiser I The Scoular Company Omaha, NE Jul 22, 2015 $65,000
Merchandiser VF Sportswear, Inc. New York, NY Nov 10, 2014 $65,000
Merchandiser My Way Trading Company Inc. Lincolnwood, IL Aug 27, 2015 $50,586
Merchandiser Archer Daniels Midland Company Mankato, MN Sep 07, 2014 $50,000 -
$75,000
Merchandiser Global Clothing Network, Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2013 $49,992
Merchandiser Newegg Inc. Industry, CA Apr 25, 2013 $49,587 -
$59,587
Procurement Merchandiser CHS Inc. Inver Grove Heights, MN Aug 05, 2013 $49,440 -
$89,900
Merchandiser Gold Corner II, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Jul 29, 2016 $49,150
Procurement Merchandiser CHS Inc. Inver Grove Heights, MN Jan 08, 2016 $48,485 -
$93,500
Merchandiser Trade Lines, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Aug 10, 2015 $48,000

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Top Skills for A Merchandiser

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Stock Shelves
  3. Customer Service
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  • Managed all inventory and ordering activities by effectively monitoring inventory levels and ordering new merchandise when necessary.
  • Stock shelves, build displays, keep storage rooms organized & put up signs on displays, shelves and coolers.
  • Established and maintained rapport with key store individuals and provided outstanding customer service.
  • Provided correct information for print advertising, store presentation, promotional execution online and store operations.
  • Implemented shelf plan-o-grams as well as maintenance of overhead organization and display/signage.

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