How much do visual merchandisers get paid hourly?

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How much do visual merchandisers get paid hourly?
Store window displays catch the attention of potential customers. (Siri Stafford/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Visual merchandising is an important component of attracting customers into retail stores, encouraging them to browse different areas in the store and, most importantly, to buy. Visual merchandisers create appealing and compelling displays of merchandise, explains LIM College. Most visual merchandisers were paid at least £5 hourly as of 2010, but some earn more than twice that amount.

Salary Range

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies visual merchandisers as merchandise displayers and window trimmers. Their average salary as of May 2010 was £8.90 per hour, or £18,512 per year. The middle 50 per cent were getting paid £6.40 to £10.40 per hour, or £13,422 to £21,781 per year. The bottom 10 per cent had wages at or below £5.40 per hour, and the top 10 per cent were earning £13.40 per hour and higher, or £27,891 per year and more.

Types of Employment

Hourly pay for visual merchandisers depends partly on the type of business in which they work. Visual merchandisers working for department stores were making £8.40 per hour on average in 2010, for clothing stores £8.40, for grocery and related product merchant wholesalers £9.0, and for alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers £9.10.

Top-Paying States

The top-paying state for visual merchandisers in 2010 was New York, where they earned £11.0 per hour on average, or £22,938 per year. Rounding out the top five states were Rhode Island, at an average of £10.80 per hour, Oregon at £10.70, Arkansas at £10.70 and New Jersey at £10.10.

Metro Areas

The greater Los Angeles area had the largest number of visual merchandisers in 2010, and their average salary in that region was £9.60 per hour, or £20,052 per year. The greater New York City area ranked second for the number of these workers, with an average salary of £12.00 per hour, and the greater Houston area ranked third, at £7.10 per hour. None of these cities ranked in the top three for visual merchandising salaries. The best-paying metro area for visual merchandisers in the United States was the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area of Arkansas and Missouri, where they were getting paid £15.0 per hour on average, or £31,265 per year. Visual merchandisers in the Peabody and the Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton metro areas of Massachusetts were making about £12.0 to £12.20 per hour on average, and the greater New York City area ranked fourth.

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