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Merchandise displayers design and construct commercial displays in the windows and interiors of retail stores, trade exhibitions and other types of settings. The objective is to attract and entice customers. Merchandise displayers either create the concept or their employer or display manager provides an idea. In addition, they create backdrops and settings, using a variety of materials.

The majority of displays need to be changed every few weeks due to new promotions or changes in inventory. The occupation also includes participating in planning meetings to determine the types of merchandise to be shown and the locations for the displays.

Merchandise displayers need to be creative, artistic and have knowledge of color and composition in order to produce display that inspire shoppers to buy products. They also need to have mechanical abilities and good manual dexterity.

Responsibilities

  • Create ideas for displays
  • Plan and construct backdrops and settings
  • Arrange merchandise, furniture and mannequins and accessories for displays based on drawings
  • Make changes on mannequin faces and also dress them
  • Maintaining and inspecting props and mannequins
  • Place descriptive signs
  • Place price tags
  • Discuss plans with clients or display managers
  • Take photographs of displays and signs
  • Create lighting and sometimes sound effects

Job Characteristics

They typically work in comfortable retail stores. Carrying equipment and climbing up ladders and standing for long periods of time are parts of the profession. Knowledge of the principles of promoting, showing and selling products are important aspects of the job. They should also be good at time management.

Many merchandise displayers work for retail stores, however some are self-employed and work for various stores. The majority of merchandise displayers work from 35 to 40 hours per week. They may be required to work additional hours during the busy shopping periods of the year.

Employment Outlook

In 2006, there were about 87,000 merchandise displayers jobs. Employment opportunities for merchandise displayers is expected to grow at the average rate for all other types of jobs from 2006 through 2016. However, changes in the economy will effect the growth rate for the profession. Stores often reduce their staff or stop hiring merchandise displayers when profits decline. The best opportunities for employment will be with large retail stores and stores situated in large metropolitan areas.

Merchandise Display Training

Typically, employers require merchandise displayers to have at least a high school diploma. Employers often prefer hiring those that have completed coursework in interior decorating, design and visual communications, merchandising, fashion merchandising, art, advertising and mechanical drawing. Some employers may require a bachelor's or an associate degree. In addition, those that are self-employed in the profession need a portfolio which features their best designs.

Merchandise displayers receive on-the-job training. They typically begin their career with simple tasks such as dismantling sets and moving props. After they gain some experience, they may be given the opportunity of creating a display or constructing complicated displays.

Resources

Major Employers

Retail store chains, large retail stores and trade exhibitions are the primary employers of merchandise displayers.

Schools for Merchandise Displayers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Merchandise Displayers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Merchandise Displayers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 580 $28,140
Birmingham 580 $28,140
Huntsville 270 $18,730
Mobile 190 $25,870
Montgomery 140 $23,760
Muscle Shoals 50 $25,610
Florence 50 $25,610
Opelika 40 $17,920
Auburn 40 $17,920
Oxford N/A $18,160
Anniston N/A $18,160
Jacksonville N/A $18,160
Tuscaloosa N/A $18,420
Dothan N/A $21,280
Daphne N/A $26,390
Fairhope N/A $26,390
Foley N/A $26,390
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 120 $32,870
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 3910 $27,920
Scottsdale 3910 $27,920
Phoenix 3910 $27,920
Tucson 580 $28,230
Flagstaff 160 $24,390
Lake Havasu City 30 $30,430
Kingman 30 $30,430
Yuma N/A $22,760
Prescott N/A $35,210
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 120 $29,460
North Little Rock 120 $29,460
Little Rock 120 $29,460
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 4160 $26,670
Los Angeles 4160 $26,670
Anaheim 4160 $26,670
Ontario 630 $26,110
San Bernardino 630 $26,110
Riverside 630 $26,110
Carlsbad 530 $27,520
San Diego 530 $27,520
Arcade 400 $31,430
Arden 400 $31,430
Roseville 400 $31,430
Sacramento 400 $31,430
San Jose 350 $32,700
Santa Clara 350 $32,700
Sunnyvale 350 $32,700
Ventura 280 $24,400
Thousand Oaks 280 $24,400
Oxnard 280 $24,400
Fresno 230 $24,550
Modesto 120 $35,570
Bakersfield 90 $27,430
Santa Barbara 80 $25,900
Santa Maria 80 $25,900
Santa Cruz 80 $31,950
Watsonville 80 $31,950
Santa Rosa 80 $40,850
Vallejo 70 $34,410
Fairfield 70 $34,410
Lodi 50 $31,950
Stockton 50 $31,950
El Centro 40 $23,910
Visalia 40 $28,380
Porterville 40 $28,380
Salinas 30 $30,920
Oakland N/A $27,140
Hayward N/A $27,140
San Francisco N/A $27,140
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 720 $30,350
Aurora 720 $30,350
Denver 720 $30,350
Colorado Springs 150 $30,650
Fort Collins 80 $31,430
Pueblo 40 $22,890
Boulder N/A $29,040
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 450 $24,240
East Hartford 450 $24,240
West Hartford 450 $24,240
Bridgeport 120 $29,310
Norwalk 120 $29,310
Stamford 120 $29,310
Waterbury 70 $25,430
Danbury 50 $28,780
New Haven N/A $23,140
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 40 $19,770
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 2480 $25,340
Fort Lauderdale 2480 $25,340
Miami 2480 $25,340
Tampa 980 $26,850
St. Petersburg 980 $26,850
Clearwater 980 $26,850
Kissimmee 860 $26,260
Sanford 860 $26,260
Orlando 860 $26,260
Jacksonville 240 $25,510
North Port 240 $28,380
Sarasota 240 $28,380
Bradenton 240 $28,380
Fort Myers 200 $26,330
Cape Coral 200 $26,330
Panama City 140 $27,360
Melbourne 120 $27,070
Palm Bay 120 $27,070
Titusville 120 $27,070
Ferry Pass 110 $29,460
Brent 110 $29,460
Pensacola 110 $29,460
Winter Haven 100 $22,980
Lakeland 100 $22,980
Ormond Beach 100 $25,480
Daytona Beach 100 $25,480
Deltona 100 $25,480
Port St. Lucie 80 $26,860
Tallahassee 80 $29,840
Ocala 70 $28,930
Gainesville 60 $26,450
Crestview 60 $29,380
Destin 60 $29,380
Fort Walton Beach 60 $29,380
Marco Island 50 $27,220
Naples 50 $27,220
Immokalee 50 $27,220
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Gainesville 60 $36,340
Albany 50 $27,460
Savannah 40 $20,290
Sandy Springs N/A $26,430
Atlanta N/A $26,430
Roswell N/A $26,430
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 480 $25,770
Lahaina 40 $25,160
Wailuku 40 $25,160
Kahului 40 $25,160
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 170 $27,630
Idaho Falls N/A $19,070
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 80 $27,870
Bloomington N/A $19,140
Springfield N/A $24,170
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 580 $26,660
Anderson 580 $26,660
Indianapolis 580 $26,660
Fort Wayne 230 $26,010
Muncie N/A $19,980
Elkhart N/A $31,800
Goshen N/A $31,800
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 460 $23,900
West Des Moines 460 $23,900
Cedar Falls 50 $24,090
Waterloo 50 $24,090
Dubuque 50 $32,280
Ames N/A $24,580
Cedar Rapids N/A $33,100
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 280 $28,390
Topeka 40 $28,400
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 320 $25,670
Lexington 320 $25,670
Bowling Green 60 $24,620
Owensboro 40 $29,000
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 100 $28,810
Shreveport 80 $24,600
Bossier City 80 $24,600
Lafayette 40 $30,570
Monroe N/A $21,040
New Orleans N/A $24,210
Metairie N/A $24,210
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bangor 40 $25,600
South Portland N/A $28,280
Portland N/A $28,280
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1050 $27,930
Columbia 1050 $27,930
Baltimore 1050 $27,930
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 110 $32,040
Gardner 40 $24,520
Leominster 40 $24,520
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Rapids 1470 $25,000
Wyoming 1470 $25,000
Ann Arbor 150 $25,650
Lansing 140 $24,090
East Lansing 140 $24,090
Portage 130 $19,900
Kalamazoo 130 $19,900
Saginaw 100 $29,760
Monroe 70 $28,040
Flint 60 $31,610
Muskegon 50 $31,140
Battle Creek 40 $23,950
Warren N/A $23,170
Dearborn N/A $23,170
Detroit N/A $23,170
Jackson N/A $30,820
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester N/A $22,930
St. Cloud N/A $29,470
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 40 $31,000
Biloxi 40 $31,000
Gulfport 40 $31,000
Jackson N/A $23,280
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 100 $28,410
Columbia 80 $23,120
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Great Falls 60 $33,990
Billings 50 $26,140
Missoula 30 $19,260
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 50 $28,020
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1160 $22,580
Henderson 1160 $22,580
Las Vegas 1160 $22,580
Reno 210 $23,310
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester N/A $22,650
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 90 $19,280
Hammonton 70 $26,030
Atlantic City 70 $26,030
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 310 $24,790
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 260 $27,550
Schenectady 180 $30,390
Albany 180 $30,390
Troy 180 $30,390
Niagara Falls 130 $25,640
Buffalo 130 $25,640
Cheektowaga 130 $25,640
Syracuse 130 $35,540
Binghamton 70 $21,360
Kingston 60 $23,600
Elmira 40 $22,590
Rome 40 $28,230
Utica 40 $28,230
Fort Drum N/A $19,680
Watertown N/A $19,680
Ithaca N/A $34,650
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 170 $26,180
Greensboro 170 $27,450
High Point 170 $27,450
Fayetteville 90 $26,490
Chapel Hill 70 $35,360
Durham 70 $35,360
Salem 50 $26,800
Winston 50 $26,800
Asheville 40 $32,450
Greenville N/A $24,360
Wilmington N/A $26,060
Jacksonville N/A $27,920
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck N/A $32,310
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1020 $31,150
Cleveland 480 $26,790
Elyria 480 $26,790
Toledo 150 $28,590
Dayton 140 $29,170
Canton 80 $24,880
Massillon 80 $24,880
Mansfield 40 $22,540
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 300 $24,160
Tulsa 170 $37,540
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 60 $28,480
Redmond 40 $31,840
Bend 40 $31,840
Medford 30 $28,340
Salem N/A $26,120
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 540 $28,130
Carlisle 130 $25,560
Harrisburg 130 $25,560
Lancaster 60 $26,720
Scranton 60 $30,130
Hazleton 60 $30,130
Wilkes 60 $30,130
Barre 60 $30,130
Reading 60 $35,260
Erie 50 $29,420
Altoona N/A $19,790
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 210 $19,830
Carolina 210 $19,830
San Juan 210 $19,830
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 240 $27,650
North Charleston 240 $27,650
Greenville 160 $25,690
Mauldin 160 $25,690
Anderson 160 $25,690
Columbia 140 $32,690
Bluffton 60 $31,710
Hilton Head Island 60 $31,710
Beaufort 60 $31,710
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 220 $24,230
Sioux Falls 200 $23,600
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 450 $24,720
Murfreesboro 380 $32,780
Franklin 380 $32,780
Davidson 380 $32,780
Nashville 380 $32,780
Johnson City 40 $25,530
Jackson N/A $27,630
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 3560 $27,600
Dallas 3560 $27,600
Arlington 3560 $27,600
Houston 3260 $24,310
Sugar Land 3260 $24,310
The Woodlands 3260 $24,310
San Antonio 1500 $23,800
New Braunfels 1500 $23,800
Austin 520 $24,280
Round Rock 520 $24,280
Edinburg 180 $23,100
McAllen 180 $23,100
Mission 180 $23,100
El Paso 100 $23,070
Harlingen 90 $23,280
Brownsville 90 $23,280
Laredo 80 $19,400
Corpus Christi 80 $24,690
Abilene 70 $25,330
Tyler 40 N/A
San Angelo 40 $22,310
Wichita Falls N/A $24,510
Killeen N/A $25,760
Temple N/A $25,760
Port Arthur N/A $26,160
Beaumont N/A $26,160
Odessa N/A $27,180
Lubbock N/A $31,640
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 530 $28,160
Clearfield 100 $26,680
Ogden 100 $26,680
Provo 60 $42,300
Orem 60 $42,300
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 140 $27,560
Burlington 140 $27,560
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 330 $32,930
Roanoke 210 $24,350
Charlottesville 50 $29,750
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1960 $31,650
Tacoma 1960 $31,650
Bellevue 1960 $31,650
Olympia 70 $31,420
Tumwater 70 $31,420
Yakima 50 $28,160
Bremerton 30 $32,610
Silverdale 30 $32,610
Kennewick N/A $24,340
Richland N/A $24,340
Spokane N/A $31,510
Spokane Valley N/A $31,510
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 80 $21,870
Vienna 50 $18,850
Parkersburg 50 $18,850
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 950 $24,990
West Allis 950 $24,990
Milwaukee 950 $24,990
Madison 300 $30,690
Eau Claire 140 $31,580
Green Bay 130 $24,340
Appleton 120 $28,280
Sheboygan 30 $27,060

Most Popular Industries for :
Merchandise Displayers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Department And General Stores 11,830 19% $24,320
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 11,810 19% $26,160
Professional And Technical Services 7,380 11% $24,510
Office Services And Staffing 6,310 10% $25,640
Clothing Stores 4,930 7% $25,990
Online Wholesale 3,790 6% $26,250
Grocery Stores 2,740 4% $24,580
Furniture Stores 2,720 4% $29,110
Alcohol And Tobacco 2,610 4% $27,410
Business Management 2,430 3% $33,980
Miscellaneous Retail Stores 1,560 2% $26,510
Book And Hobby Stores 940 1% $27,730
Hardware And Garden Stores 680 1% $24,990
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