Updated August 18, 2021
Average Merchandiser Salary
$14.64 hourly
$30,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$22,000 yearly
$22,000
10 %
$30,000
Median
$41,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$41,000
$3,417
$20
75th Percentile
$35,000
$2,917
$17
Average
$30,446
$2,537
$15
25th Percentile
$25,000
$2,083
$12
10th Percentile
$22,000
$1,833
$11

Average Merchandiser Salary By State

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Merchandiser average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$22,873
$11.00
Alaska
$37,652
$18.10
Arizona
$28,927
$13.91
Arkansas
$24,869
$11.96
California
$34,685
$16.68
Colorado
$31,312
$15.05
Connecticut
$27,013
$12.99
Delaware
$22,891
$11.01
District of Columbia
$30,356
$14.59
Florida
$26,150
$12.57
Georgia
$25,350
$12.19
Hawaii
$30,846
$14.83
Idaho
$28,338
$13.62
Illinois
$28,605
$13.75
Indiana
$26,352
$12.67
Iowa
$28,388
$13.65
Kansas
$28,016
$13.47
Kentucky
$25,635
$12.32
Louisiana
$24,930
$11.99
Maine
$26,858
$12.91
Maryland
$27,652
$13.29
Massachusetts
$31,206
$15.00
Michigan
$27,516
$13.23
Minnesota
$31,795
$15.29
Mississippi
$22,158
$10.65
Missouri
$27,267
$13.11
Montana
$25,353
$12.19
Nebraska
$28,820
$13.86
Nevada
$30,711
$14.76
New Hampshire
$29,607
$14.23
New Jersey
$28,508
$13.71
New Mexico
$28,796
$13.84
New York
$31,377
$15.09
North Carolina
$25,451
$12.24
North Dakota
$31,565
$15.18
Ohio
$26,677
$12.83
Oklahoma
$25,940
$12.47
Oregon
$31,501
$15.14
Pennsylvania
$26,865
$12.92
Rhode Island
$30,612
$14.72
South Carolina
$25,758
$12.38
South Dakota
$27,346
$13.15
Tennessee
$26,495
$12.74
Texas
$28,798
$13.85
Utah
$28,652
$13.78
Vermont
$27,016
$12.99
Virginia
$26,715
$12.84
Washington
$34,871
$16.76
West Virginia
$25,446
$12.23
Wisconsin
$27,333
$13.14
Wyoming
$29,343
$14.11

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Highest Paying Cities For Merchandiser

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Fairbanks, AK
$38,023
$18.28
San Jose, CA
$35,430
$17.03
Seattle, WA
$35,045
$16.85
Minneapolis, MN
$31,827
$15.30
Fargo, ND
$31,474
$15.13
Portland, OR
$31,460
$15.13

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How much does a Merchandiser make?

  • The average merchandiser makes $30,446 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a merchandiser is $14.64.
  • The average entry-level merchandiser salary is $22,000.
  • Highest paying states for merchandiser are Alaska ($37,652), Washington ($34,871), California ($37,652) and Minnesota ($37,652).
  • Highest paying cities for merchandiser are Fairbanks, AK ($38,023), San Jose, CA, Seattle, WA, Minneapolis, MN and Fargo, ND.
  • Merchandisers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $22,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $41,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $35,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $25,000
  • Industries with the highest merchandiser salaries are manufacturing, retail and professional.

Average Merchandiser Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $30,400
    $14.64
    +4.8%
    2020
    $29,000
    $13.94
    +2.6%
    2019
    $28,200
    $13.58
    +2.6%
    2018
    $27,500
    $13.22
    +1.6%
    2017
    $27,100
    $13.01
    +1.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Produce Clerk

    Avg. salary: $30,630

    Produce clerks are responsible for ensuring that the grocery store's fruits and vegetables are displayed orderly and pleasantly to the customers. They check to produce to guarantee that it is fresh and has no defects. Their tasks include stocking of products, providing services like answering customers' queries, handling food, maintaining equipment, and providing general help to the other store employees in need. They must have relevant experience in stocking grocery stores and handling product presentation and should have concrete knowledge in the rotation and maintenance of the store's produce.
    83,338 Produce Clerk Jobs
    Stock Clerk

    Avg. salary: $24,934

    Stock clerks are store employees who handle the display of goods. They ensure that store shelves are well-stocked at all times. They manage the inventory of stocks by providing that records are always updated. They work the display of supplies and log the number of products they will be removing from the warehouse to display these in the store. Store clerks are responsible for managing stocks' inventory and ensuring that all products shown are in good condition. Stock clerks should have good organizational skills, be trustworthy, and have great decision-making skills.
    149,033 Stock Clerk Jobs
    Stocker

    Avg. salary: $28,683

    Stockers are responsible for displaying items for sale in the store. They manage the shelves and ensure that items are on display at all times. Aside from that, stockers also assist in managing the inventory. Since they mostly work on the operations floor, they know which items are getting sold faster. As such, they should be able to prompt inventory managers should stocks run low. They are also in charge of putting up promotional materials and removing them once the promotions are over. Stockers should also be familiar with the items sold in the store since customers are likely to approach them for questions that they may have.
    117,360 Stocker Jobs
    Stower

    Avg. salary: $27,972

    A stower is responsible for scanning a product and appropriately placing it to the right shelf for customer's consumption. Duties of a stower include inspecting the item for any defects and escalating damaged items to the supervisor ensuring adequately labeled products. Other responsibilities include operating essential store equipment, adhering to the sanitary standards of the working area, and assisting customers with their concerns and inquiries. A stower should have excellent time-management skills and the ability to multi-task, especially on working with a fast-paced environment.
    106,211 Stower Jobs
    Overnight Stocker

    Avg. salary: $28,780

    An overnight stocker is responsible for monitoring inventories, stocking items, and organizing products on shelves. Overnight stockers' duties also include checking the manufacturing and expiration dates of the products, labeling and validating prices, escalating defective items to the management, and categorizing products for special offers and promotions. An overnight stocker must be detail-oriented and has excellent multi-tasking skills to complete and update the inventory as needed. Overnight stockers should also be strict on following the sanitation procedures to keep the items neat and free of any possible damage.
    42,042 Overnight Stocker Jobs
    Merchandising Representative

    Avg. salary: $28,851

    Merchandising representatives are professionals who are responsible for providing point-of-purchase and shelf management services to produce sales. These representatives are required to plan and develop merchandising strategies so that they can balance the expectations of customers and the organization's objectives. They must maintain store shelves and display products appropriately so that they can maximize the interest of customers and sales levels. Merchandising representatives must also analyze sales figures, the reactions of customers, and market trends to anticipate their product needs and plan product stock.
    121,572 Merchandising Representative Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Produce Clerk
    $30,631
    $2,553
    $14.73
    83,338
    Stock Clerk
    $24,935
    $2,078
    $11.99
    149,033
    Stocker
    $28,684
    $2,390
    $13.79
    117,360
    Stower
    $27,972
    $2,331
    $13.45
    106,211
    Overnight Stocker
    $28,780
    $2,398
    $13.84
    42,042
    Merchandising Representative
    $28,851
    $2,404
    $13.87
    121,572
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    Merchandiser Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a merchandiser can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Merchandisers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a merchandiser, working for Dell or Apple might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Mitsuwa Marketplace and Hewlett-Packard report highly competitive wages for merchandisers.
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    Recently Added Merchandiser Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Apollo Retail
    Merchandiser
    Merchandiser
    Oklahoma City, OK
    08/31/2021
    $29,218
    08/31/2021
    Merchandiser
    Colorado Springs, CO
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Apollo Retail
    Cosmetic Merchandiser
    Cosmetic Merchandiser
    Los Angeles, CA
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
    Apollo Retail
    Merchandiser
    Merchandiser
    Ellsworth, WI
    08/31/2021
    $29,218
    08/31/2021
    Cycle Gear
    Merchandiser
    Merchandiser
    Madisonville, TN
    08/31/2021
    $25,566
    08/31/2021
    Footprint Retail Services
    Merchandiser
    Merchandiser
    Indianapolis, IN
    08/31/2021
    $29,218
    08/31/2021
    Apollo Retail
    Cosmetic Merchandiser
    Cosmetic Merchandiser
    Gillette, WY
    08/31/2021
    $29,218
    08/31/2021
    Merchandiser
    Phoenix, AZ
    08/31/2021
    $32,349
    08/31/2021
    Apollo Retail
    Merchandiser
    Merchandiser
    Tampa, FL
    08/31/2021
    $29,218
    08/31/2021
    Apollo Retail
    Kiosk Merchandiser
    Kiosk Merchandiser
    Denver, CO
    08/31/2021
    $29,218
    08/31/2021

    Average Merchandiser Salary by Demographic

    Merchandiser Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $30,639
    female-income
    Female Income
    $29,600
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$30,639
    Female$29,600
    Median Merchandiser Income by Race
    Asian merchandisers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american merchandisers have the lowest average salary at $29,438.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$30,377
    Black or African American$29,438
    Asian$30,683
    Hispanic or Latino$30,338
    Average Merchandiser Salary by Education Level
    Merchandisers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $35,656 annually. With a Bachelors degree, merchandisers earn a median annual income of $33,294 compared to $32,029 for merchandisers with an Associate degree.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$30,639
    Master's Degree$35,656
    Bachelor's Degree$33,294
    Some College/ Associate Degree$32,029

    Merchandiser FAQs

    Do merchandisers make good money?

    No, merchandisers do not make good money. The average merchandiser earns around $13.95 an hour or $27,920 a year.

    Factors such as location and company can impact how much a merchandiser can earn.

    The highest paying cities' merchandisers are:

    • Chicago, IL - $15.12 per hour

    • Las Vegas, NV - $14.81 per hour

    • San Diego, CA - $14.80 per hour

    • Atlanta, GA - $14.59 per hour

    • Phoenix, AZ - $14.08 per hour

    Top companies for merchandisers:

    • IKEA - $17.63 per hour

    • Survey.com - $16.97 per hour

    • PetSmart - $16.54 per hour

    • Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages - $16.45 per hour

    • Costco Wholesale - $16.30 per hour

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    How much do full time merchandisers make?

    Full-time merchandisers make just over $13 an hour, on average. This amount can range from minimum wage up to $23 an hour.

    This amount varies widely because of the many different levels of qualifications that can be required for this position. Entry-level merchandisers with only a high school diploma make the lower end of this scale.

    However, as a person gains education and experience, they can make significantly more money. Merchandisers with a bachelor's degree and significant experience have access to the highest-paying jobs.

    These jobs often include various kinds of visual merchandising at larger stores with more complex requirements for successful merchandising.

    This means that the best way to earn more money in merchandising is to develop your skills through additional education, certifications, or work experience that will allow you to move into these lucrative roles.

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    What merchandising company pays the most?

    Home Depot is the company that pays merchandisers the most. However, any large company with complex merchandising needs will pay a merchandiser well.

    Other top companies to work for as merchandisers include Hallmark, The Hershey Company, and Cosco. All of these companies have more complicated business requirements and therefore pay merchandisers more to meet the company's needs.

    The best way to get paid well as a merchandiser is to pursue advanced education and professional certifications.

    Merchandisers who hold an associate's degree or bachelor's degree in merchandising have educational knowledge to better navigate the complicated inventory structures of big companies.

    However, instead of higher educational achievements, a person can pursue professional certifications to bolster their resume and achieve higher earning potential.

    Common professional certifications for this position include certified management accountant, certified sales professional, and Certified Billing and Coding Specialist.

    This, alongside experience as a merchandiser, can enable a person to get jobs at good companies that pay merchandisers more.

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