Information About Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers

What is this career like?

Working as a merchandiser is often seen as glamorous as you get to choose the products which are sold in shops and the way they are presented. It can be an exciting and fast-paced career but it can also be stressful as deadlines are tight and you are responsible for the profit margins of the store.

The role of a merchandiser can be very varied and no two days are the same. In general though the role can be split into three areas:


  1. Planning the next seasons budgets and new range with the buyer and designer - this involves a lot of analysis of past season sales, trends in the industry and feelings of the buyers and designers.

  2. Controlling and monitoring current season stock and forecasting sales - ongoing analysis of stock levels, distribution of stock to relevant stores, chasing deliveries, cancellations, re-orders, markdowns and forecasting.

  3. Analysing past sales data to help plan for the next season - best sellers, worst sellers, understanding what the customer wants in order to help plan for future seasons. This sort of information will be shared and discussed in weekly trade meetings.


Personal skills:
To work as a merchandiser you will need great negotiation skills as you will be buying stock from manufacturers. You need to be good at working in a team and have strong communication skills. The ability to analyse data is a must as well as numeracy and Excel skills. Merchandising can be very challenging as you will be dealing with many different levels within an organisation as well as suppliers, but seeing your department sales thrive is certainly very rewarding.

Training

Merchandise displayers and window trimmers need moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Merchandise displayers and window trimmers
Training for Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers
Percent
Less than High School 2.7
High School 13.0
Some College 19.3
Associates Degree 14.1
Bachelors Degree 42.5
Masters Degree 7.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.1

Employment

Represents about 85,000 people in the United States- 26.7% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 6,000 more merchandise displayers and window trimmers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 32,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, merchandise displayers and window trimmers make $13.70 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers $8.42 $9.82 $12.50 $16.20 $20.70
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $9.38 $13.70 $20.90 $31.70 $45.40
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, merchandise displayers and window trimmers make $28,500 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers $17,510 $20,430 $26,190 $33,850 $43,120
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $19,520 $28,640 $43,640 $66,080 $94,470
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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