Cashier Salary

Cashiers in the United States pull down an average of $8.38 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.33 per hour on the low end to $10.99 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cashiers making up 75 percent. Most Cashiers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and nearly one in five earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$12,025 - $41,001
(Median)
$12K
$23K
$41K
MEDIAN: $22,734
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$7.33 - $10.99
(Median)
$7
$8
$11
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,025 - $41,001  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.63  
Profit Sharing
$20.10 - $1,038  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,204  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,256 - $24,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.33 - $10.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $3.23  
Overtime
$2.03 - $17.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.63  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,204  
Profit Sharing
$20.10 - $1,038  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,256 - $24,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10,898

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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.

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Cashier Tasks

  • Bag merchandise and collect money.
  • Operate cash register to process sales.
  • Close and balance cash drawers.

Common Career Paths for Cashier


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Cashiers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. Cashiers most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Customer Service Representatives; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cashier


Many Cashiers can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Target Corporation, and The Kroger Company, firms that are at the top of the field. Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $20K, though there is little variation overall ($16K to $25K). Sam's Club, The Home Depot Inc., and Publix Super Markets Inc also offer top salaries for Cashiers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $19K, $19K, and $18K, respectively.

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. offers the least pay with a median salary of $16K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $18K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Kmart Corporation, and Burger King Corporation. They all pay $16K.

Popular Skills for Cashier


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Customer Relationship Management, Customer Service Metrics, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. For most people, competency in Cash Handling indicates knowledge of Retail and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Cashier

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $17K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $19K. Cashiers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $20K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Cashier with more than 20 years of experience can earn $21K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Cashiers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Cashiers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 4 percent less than the median.

Cashier Reviews

What is it like working as a Cashier?

Cashier in Rochester:
Pros: I don't actually like my job, but I can say that I do whatever I can to make sure my job is done every day.
Cons: There's not enough work to do at a gas station.

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Experience Affects Cashier Salaries




National Average
$18,000


Skills That Affect Cashier Salaries



Microsoft Word
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Customer Service Metrics
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Customer Relations
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Computer Service
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Spanish Language
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Cash Handling
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Customer Service
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Retail
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Sales
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National Average
$18,000

Mathematica
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Cleaning
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Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1627 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 69%