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How will your fashion merchandising education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a fashion merchandising degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 139 brick and mortar fashion merchandising schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with fashion merchandising programs were:

  1. University of Georgia - located in Athens, Georgia
  2. Marist College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York
  3. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Student Demographics

In the US, 5,413 students graduated from fashion merchandising programs in 2010. Of these students, 49 graduated from certificate programs in fashion merchandising, 5,357 graduated from undergraduate programs in fashion merchandising, and 7 graduated from graduate-level programs in fashion merchandising.


Students can pursue education in fashion merchandising at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Master's Degree in Fashion Merchandising
  • Certificate in Fashion Merchandising

The skills and/or knowledge that fashion merchandising students can expect to gain during the course of their fashion merchandising education are:

  • Marketing
  • Time Management
  • Social Science
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Social Perceptiveness


Students at fashion merchandising schools around the nation paid an average of $17,269 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The fashion merchandising schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. The New School - located in New York, New York, students paid $36,000
  2. Texas Christian University - located in Fort Worth, Texas, students paid $28,298
  3. Baylor University - located in Waco, Texas, students paid $28,070

The following fashion merchandising schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Fashion Institute of Technology - located in New York, New York, students paid $4,164
  2. University of Louisiana at Lafayette - located in Lafayette, Louisiana, students paid $4,016
  3. Texas Woman's University - located in Denton, Texas, students paid $5,046

How will your fashion merchandising job compare?

A large number of fashion merchandising majors work as fashion merchandisers after graduation. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 65,220 fashion merchandisers were working in the US. The following states have the largest number of fashion merchandisers:

  1. California - 7,890 Fashion Merchandisers
  2. Texas - 4,240 Fashion Merchandisers
  3. Illinois - 3,390 Fashion Merchandisers

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of people working as a fashion merchandiser in the US will shrink to 72,930. This would require a -2% decline in the profession. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for fashion merchandisers to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Idaho - 12%
  2. Utah - 12%
  3. Mississippi - 11%


Fashion merchandisers in the US can make an average of $91,617 per year. However, the salary for a fashion merchandiser can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, experience or your boss. Approximately 10 percent of fashion merchandisers earn less than $26,600 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $165,840 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a fashion merchandiser:

  1. New Jersey - $127,340 per year
  2. Washington DC - $122,930 per year
  3. New York - $115,350 per year

On average, a fashion merchandiser earns the least in the following states:

  1. Montana - $65,610 per year
  2. Louisiana - $71,800 per year
  3. Oklahoma - $71,920 per year

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fashion merchandising?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Retail Salespersons 4,155,190 $25,000 -4.4%
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1,359,950 $50,770 0.6%
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 272,370 $60,160 1.9%
Purchasing Managers 65,220 $100,600 -5.9%