What does a Visual Merchandiser do?

A visual merchandiser works in retail sales and develops creative visual concepts to build attractive store displays. A visual merchandiser uses creativity and combines the brand's goals with the customer's desires. They encourage potential customers to enter stores and purchase merchandise. Additionally, a visual merchandiser will create floor plans for retail space and situates displays in an ideal position to encourage sales. They use marketing strategy and a creative approach to sales in order to promote the company's image visually.

A high school diploma or equivalent degree is necessary to become a visual merchandiser. Many employers prefer advanced degrees in fashion, graphic design or a business-related field. Training within the company is generally required in order to fully understand the brand's image and message to be marketed. Individuals with experience in marketing strategy and a keen eye for design tend to excel in the position of visual merchandiser.

  • Research current industry trends and remain on the cutting edge of visual design and merchandising
  • Participate in meetings with other departments within the store to determine areas to be addressed and improved upon
  • Account for the company's message and vision and creative incorporate them into visual design
  • Create attractive concepts to be used in-store signage and on social media platforms
  • Prepare visual guides instructing retail branches throughout the country how to appropriately build out and design visual merchandising areas of the store
  • Communicate with marketing team to establish strategies and design concepts for seasonal product launches and displays
  • Monitor and account for the time and manpower required to build and stock store displays and communicate this information with management
  • Design marketing strategies to announce promotions, sales and coming special events within the store
  • High school diploma is required, an advanced degree in business, marketing or related field preferred
  • Detailed knowledge of the product and industry preferred
  • Ability to work diligently with little supervision
  • Confident in creating and communicating concepts in business meetings and to supervisors
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Excited and energetic in designing new ways to reach customers
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment
  • Experience researching and determining industry and marketing trends
  • Adherence to the brand's goals, philosophy and policy regarding marketing and sales strategies

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Product Knowledge
Excellent Communication
Computer Literacy
Time Management
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Visual Merchandiser Seniority Levels

Visual Merchandiser
10% made the transition
Merchandise Manager
24% made the transition
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Visual Merchandiser Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37,638 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $38K
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