What does a Merchandise Analyst do?

Merchandisers help a company optimize their sales and profits by ensuring that retail stores and online stores are stocked with the right products in the right quantities. This may include stocking shelves, arranging and maintaining product displays, pricing products, and monitoring the store inventory. Some merchandisers also analyze sales data to identify best-selling lines and to develop promotional strategies.

Merchandisers typically need a high school diploma or GED, and often, a valid driver's license is required to travel to the assigned stores. Since merchandisers often work closely with buyers and customers, strong communication skills and a service-oriented approach are a must.

  • Ensure that stores, shelves or websites are stocked with the right types and quantities of products
  • Display, arrange, price, and rotate products in store
  • Maintain store shelves by removing dated or damaged products
  • Monitor store inventory based on sales and intake
  • Optimize sales volume and profitability by identifying profitable lines and bestsellers
  • Make recommendations for promotional strategies using sales and pricing data
  • Work and communicate with buyers, suppliers, stores, and distributors
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 1-2 years of experience working in retail or merchandising
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be committed to providing outstanding customer service
  • May be required to travel to client locations (valid driver's license may be required)
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

Merchandise Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,987 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $54K
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Merchandise Analyst Career Path

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Merchandise Analyst Insights

Read what Merchandise Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Merchandise Associate
Jun 15, 2021

“Super nice and helpful even if they don't really know how to explain things.”

Mar 7, 2020

“The job is simple and is great for if you’re looking for part time work.”

Gordon's Enhanced Technology Marketing
Retail Merchandiser
Jul 15, 2021

“This job worked great for me as a student since the pay is ok and I could work the hours around my classes.”

The Home DepotThe Home Depot
Nov 3, 2021

“The pay was terrible i was there for several years and only got a dime raises.”

Costco WholesaleCostco Wholesale
Aug 1, 2021

“Overall good company to work for and for part timers or fresh grads the full time pay is not bad.”

Lowe's Home ImprovementLowe's Home Improvement
PT Merchandiser
Jun 2, 2021

“I work here while I am in college and have had nothing but great experiences.”

Central Garden & PetCentral Garden & Pet
Jan 25, 2022

“I will be honest and I will say was a bad experience.I waste 15 years of my live hearing just false promises and lies.”

Jan 14, 2020

“Pay is good although promotion rate has slowed down so don’t expect to see your salary increase”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a merchandise analyst

When working as a merchandise analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Planogram, Excellent Customer Service, Excellent Communication, Meet Deadlines, and Conducting.

The most similar professions to merchandise analyst are:
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Visual Manager
  • General Manager

The most common qualifications to become a merchandise analyst include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.