Median pay for Cashiers in the United States is around $8.97 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.47 per hour and $11.57. In the world of Cashiers, overall income ranges from $16K near the bottom to $25K at the top; this can include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly a fourth, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cashiers making up 74 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Cashier
A Cashier is an employee who operates a cash drawer by taking orders of customers and handling store receipts and money. Typically, a Cashier will be working a regular 8-hour workday. After clocking in, a Cashier's day begins. For most of the day, a Cashier will be stationed inside the employer's building at a particular cash register, the contents of which will be the Cashier's cash drawer.Read More...
The cash drawer will be filled at the beginning of the day with a set amount of cash consisting of various denominations of bills and coins. The Cashier assigned to this cash register on this day will be responsible for healthily maintaining the level of cash in the drawer, as well as the necessary coins needed to dispense change to customers who pay with larger bills. A Cashier will also be fulfilling credit and debit card transactions and may also facilitate check payments, depending on the situation. The Cashier will be responsible for taking the customers' orders and payments, giving them back any change they are due, processing their payments, and delivering both the customers' orders (which the Cashier will bag for the convenience of the customer) and their sales receipts.
The Cashier will also be stashing and keeping track of the merchant's copies of receipts. All of these ongoing events should be reported to the immediate manager as needed. Oftentimes, whenever no customer is present to request an order, the Cashier will be cleaning and arranging the work space around the register as well as any items nearby, either on display or ready to be transported to a different location in the building.
A Cashier should also keep alert for any wandering customers or loiterers who appear to require assistance or direction. The Cashier will be responsible for securing and maintaining a work station free of clutter, irrelevant items, and hazardous materials. A Cashier on a specific cash register drawer will be responsible, at the end of the day, for counting the cash drawer and ensuring that the levels of cash inside the drawer be resolved to the same dollar amount as the drawer held originally. The Cashier must deliver excess cash to the immediate manager and must also present all of the merchant copies of receipts for filing. Finally, the Cashier must securely lock down the work station and ensure it is both clean and tidy before clocking out. Most Cashier positions do not require anything more than a high school diploma, but occasionally a Cashier job may require familiarity or proficiency with computerized office software or the handling of cash in general.
- Bag merchandise and collect money.
- Operate cash register to process sales.
- Close and balance cash drawers.
Common Career Paths for Cashier
Cashiers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. Certified Nurse Assistants or Customer Service Representatives are common next-step roles for Cashiers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Certified Nurse Assistants is $4K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Customer Service Representatives.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Cashier
Cashiers fill the offices of leading firms Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Kroger Company, The Home Depot Inc., Target Corporation, and Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Pay for Cashiers is best at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., which offers a median salary of $22K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $19K to $26K. Sam's Club, The Home Depot Inc., and Safeway, Inc. also offer top salaries for Cashiers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $21K, $21K, and $20K, respectively.
Dollar Tree Stores Inc offers the least pay with a median salary of $17K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $19K. Employees at Burger King Corporation, The Kroger Company, and Chick-Fil-A Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $17K.
Popular Skills for Cashier
Cashiers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Customer Service Metrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Cash Handling and Retail.
Pay by Experience Level for Cashier
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Cashiers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $18K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $20K. Cashiers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $21K. Cashiers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.
Pay Difference by Location
Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Cashiers, 12 percent above the national average. Cashiers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+9 percent), Austin (+7 percent), Las Vegas (+3 percent), and San Antonio (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Philadelphia (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).