There are a couple types of merchandisers: visual and fashion merchandisers. Individuals in visual merchandising try to enhance the appearance of retail stores, arranging products by color schemes or creating displays and signs. Fashion merchandisers are involved with displaying clothes on mannequins and arranging clothes to make it easier for customers to find them. Both visual and fashion merchandisers can earn salaries plus commissions or bonuses.
The average annual salary for a visual merchandiser is between $22,027 to $31,762, based on hourly rates from Payscale, an online salary reference site. A fashion merchandising representative earns a salary of $34,157 to $50,040 per year. Including bonuses or commissions, the average annual income ranges for visual and fashion merchandisers, respectively, are $24,475 to $40,082 and $28,292 and $49,264. Visual merchandisers earn annual bonuses between 2 and 9 percent of their salaries, while the bonuses for fashion merchandisers range from 3 to 9 percent. Also, while Payscale does not report any commissions for fashion merchandisers, visual merchandisers earn between 9 and 16 percent in commissions.
Years of Experience
Both visual and fashion merchandisers tend to earn more money as they gain experience. For example, visual merchandisers with one to four years of experience earn annual salaries between $21,341 and $30,347, based on a 40-hour workweek, per Payscale. Fashion merchandisers with one to four years of experience earn $34,024 to $48,253 in salaries annually. Additionally, visual merchandisers with five to nine years of experience earn annual salaries of between $23,962 and $35,173 per year. Fashion merchandisers with five to nine years of experience make salaries between $35,375 and $45,273 per year.
Both visual and fashion merchandisers may earn different salaries in certain types of stores. For example, visual merchandisers earn annual salaries of between $35,000 and $56,172 in clothing stores, according to Payscale. Fashion merchandisers earn annual salaries of between $35,000 and $69,000 in clothing stores. Moreover, visual merchandisers make annual salaries between $38,561 and $55,955 working for department stores or mass merchandisers that sell clothes. Fashion merchandisers earn annual salaries from $39,392 to $41,290 in department stores or mass merchandiser establishments.
Salaries for male visual merchandisers were slightly higher than females, according to Payscale. Male visual merchandisers earn between $35,082 and $50,020 per year, while females made $34,882 to $49,755 annually. Fashion merchandisers tend to be predominately female. Therefore, Payscale did not report salaries for male fashion merchandisers. Female fashion merchandisers earned average salaries of $34,765 to $53,000 per year.