Retail Merchandisers Jobs

Last year I wrote about our experience with creating a retail merchandising business that we ran from home.Guide to Retail Merchandising Jobs

You may not be interested in the steps required to start a business.

We get that!

So here we are today to tell you what it means and how to get retail merchandising employment.

Having that extra responsibility of starting a business can be a burden at some points in our lives, or it may not be convenient to start a business at this time.

Whatever your reasons there are always other options.

The retail business is always growing, and there are always new retail merchandising opportunities available.

We decided to leave the business and are doing something relatively different where we can set our hours and place to work.

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If you haven’t read our blog on how to start a retail merchandiser business yet, then I should start by explaining what it is you would be expected to do.

Retail Merchandiser Job Description

In many cases, the duties resemble that of store stock person.

It is more than having to stock shelves.

The stock person is paid by the store themselves to ensure that the shelves remain full according to a set standard put in place with an agreement between the store and the product company.

The difference with a retail merchandiser is the role to ensure that not only are the shelves well stocked, but also ensure that the right product is on the shelf, with the proper signage, descriptions, and pricing.

Retail Merchandisers are hired by the product companies that are displaying their product in various stores.

The product may have new signs, new prices or new packaging that need to be on the shelves within a set timeline to coordinate with multiple promotion periods. That is a big part of the retail merchandiser’s role when visiting the various stores where the companies product is displayed.

Retail Merchandiser Employers

Most retail merchandising jobs are provided through marketing agencies like Sparinc or Acosta.

A company like Acosta has over 17000 retail merchandisers in stores every day with more than 70000 visits per month. That is a huge demand for human resources.

Some product companies or manufacturers will hire their retail merchandisers. Before we

Before we embarked into our retail merchandising business I worked for a soft drink company called Canada Dry.

Yes, I live in Canada…Eh!

That company would not only deliver the product to the stores but would also have their merchandisers either ride along with or follow the delivery trucks route to stock up the shelves and update the displays according to their current marketing campaign.

Canada Dry soft drinks was a smaller competitor in the soft drink business so they offered this extra service to win over some business by providing a more local and personalized service.

Large companies like may be more inclined to hire large merchandising agencies to do the same job.

Retail Merchandiser Salary

In Canada, the average or median salary is $13-$14 an hour.

Generally, the salary working through an agency is lower as they need to take more to earn a profit for the agency.

If possible it is recommended to work for companies that hire and provide the retail merchandising services directly. Like my example with Canada Dry

Similar to my example with Canada Dry, companies that provide retail merchandising directly tend to pay more in the range of $16 to $17 an hour.

Here is a real example of a current retail merchandising position with an agency:

Merchandiser Job from agency salary

Here is a real example of a current retail merchandising position direct from a company:

Retail Merchandiser Job Company Salary

Where to find Retail Merchandising Employment:

One of my preferred Job Search Site is Indeed

Jobs from Indeed


jobs by Indeed

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6 comments on “Retail Merchandisers Jobs
  1. delroaustria says:

    Retail Merchandisers Jobs is really something new to me.

    I am trying to figure out which job or business would be best because you also recommended writing blogs.

    I am new to this kind of business and I really want to learn which path has a big possibility of success.

    Please anticipate my thanks.

    • Paul says:

      There are so many options available. We hope that our blogs can help you decide.

      The purpose of this blog was to show that even though we had a successful retail merchandising business you can also do well with merchandising job. We suggest if you are going for the job route to try and get a job with the manufacturer or product company directly as the pay is generally better. Cut out the middle man /agency. Ultimately having your own retail merchandising business can provide higher returns, but we understand that it is not for everybody.

      Now we are doing something very different. We are now bloggers. I remember the day I didn’t know what being a blogger was…and here we are now in the thick of it and we love it!

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  2. Sharon says:

    Good information here, for anyone who are interested in Retail Merchandiser job.

    I had a friend who is in this line of work. It was a bit tough as lots of travelling to all the retail outlets under his care. Not to mention carrying all the merchandising point-of-sale materials.

    I guess it is which industry / company one works for. It is good that you can ride together with the delivery personnel.

    • Paul says:

      There are differences between working for an agency versus working directly for the company / manufacturer of the product.

      Another variable with retail merchandising will depend on the size of the company that has their products in stores. If you have a new or small company, your coverage area may be quite large as they may only have their products in a few stores in each city. Compared to a high volume company that has a product in every corner store where you may have many stores to cover, but a small region.

      The part of bringing pamphlets, cleaning supplies, displays do take up room and you do need a vehicle able to manage that.

      Seeing that we had our own retail merchandising business we were able to claim our expenses. Which included office and storage space in our home, our van costs including portion of vehicle depreciation costs, maintenance and fuel.

      We believe getting a retail merchandising job can be of benefit to gain experience but we ultimately suggest following some of our suggestions on how to start your Retail merchandising Business. Click here to learn more==> Start your retail merchandising business

  3. How To Build A Business Online says:

    It sounds like a really interesting position. How many openings in a given year do you see in this field? The reason I ask is because kids today burn so much money on courses that result in no job.

    I’m interested to know if they would have success filling openings and getting training in this field.

    Thanks for pointing out these kinds of jobs. Really well done.

    • Paul says:

      It is difficult to get an accurate number of openings that are available in this field as the description of employment sometimes falls under “Retail Sales”. The retail sales employment have over 4.5 million employees in the US according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics. I looked at that description as many retail sales employees are expected to do merchandising as well.

      If we look strictly at the closest ‘Best Fit” description for a retail merchandiser we have the title “Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers”. That specific field has over 100 Thousand employees across the US, but the description is mainly those that only erect commercial displays in store fronts or exhibitions.

      Then we have what is called “Stock Clerks and Order Fillers” that have over 500 thousand employees across the US.

      The role of the Retail Merchandiser can fall within any of those categories so the availability of employment in this industry is vast and is spread across the America. Having the availability of retail merchandiser positions available across the US and Canada allows anybody to bring their experience with them and continue to work in the same industry anywhere they go.

      Keep in mind that the mean wage for this position is around $13 /hour.

      If feasible I still suggest starting your own business that offers this service where you can make over double that of being employed by an agency.

      You can read more about our experience with our very own retail merchandiser business.

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