Pay for visual merchandisers depends on their level of experience.
Trainees can expect to start on the minimum wage or a little more.
Experienced visual merchandisers can earn up to $20 an hour or more.
Many visual merchandisers are self-employed and work on freelance contracts. Their income varies depending on the amount of business they get.
Source : Trade Me, 'Salary Guide', September 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Visual merchandisers may do some or all of the following :
discuss suggested displays with a client or management
make a sketch or model of the display
purchase or make the props for the display
assemble the display using a variety of materials
change signage and window displays regularly
take photographs of the displays and signage.
Skills and knowledge
Visual merchandisers need to have :
knowledge of how to assemble props and displays to attract customers' attention
knowledge of different art techniques and materials, and fashion trends
knowledge of marketing and advertising
skill in drawing, designing and constructing displays
ability to maintain props and mannequins.
Visual merchandisers who are self-employed also need small business management skills.
Visual merchandisers :
often work regular business hours if they are employed by a retail store, but may work irregular hours if they are working on contract
may travel locally to assemble displays.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a visual merchandiser, but a tertiary qualification with subjects in visual merchandising, graphic design or fine arts is useful.
Useful school subjects include art, graphic design, woodwork and metalwork.
Visual merchandisers need to be :
creative and artistic
able to inspire confidence in their clients
able to follow instructions and accept criticism
good at listening and communicating with clients
good at planning and making decisions
able to work to deadlines.
Useful experience for visual merchandisers includes :
experience in set design, drawing and painting
work in advertising
any creative work such as interior or graphic design, or photography.