Cashier Salary

Cashiers in the United States take home approximately $8.69 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $7.38 per hour and $11.16. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and geography. Nearly one in four enjoy medical while one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-sixth. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Cashiers survey respondents are women (75 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$12,102 - $40,414
(Median)
$12K
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MEDIAN: $20,973
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$7.38 - $11.16
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,102 - $40,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
Profit Sharing
$32.06 - $1,194  
Commission
$0.00 - $985  
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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$15,357 - $24,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.38 - $11.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $3.00  
Overtime
$3.83 - $17.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $985  
Profit Sharing
$32.06 - $1,194  
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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$15,357 - $24,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17,322
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $55K annually. Typical career progression for a Cashier involves becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Customer Service Representative, roles that pay $5K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cashier


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., The Kroger Company, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., and Target Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Cashiers. With a median salary of $20K, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers Cashiers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $16K and are capped at $25K. Other big spenders include Sam's Club, The Home Depot Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, top-paying firms where Cashiers see paychecks nearing $20K, $19K, or $19K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Dollar Tree Stores Inc — median pay is $16K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $15K and only reaching $19K. McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Kmart Corporation, and Burger King Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $16K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Cashier


Survey results imply that Cashiers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation. Most people skilled in Cash Handling are similarly competent in Retail and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Cashier

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $18K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $19K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $20K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $21K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $18,251

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Cashiers that is 7 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Cashiers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+7 percent), New York (+6 percent), Las Vegas (+4 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Houston (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Cashier Reviews

What is it like working as a Cashier?

Cashier in Morrisville:
"Not what you would expect at an amusement park."
Pros: I get free admission, free parking, 35%off retail and food items, I met a lot of new friends, I enjoy seeing happy people having a good time with their families.
Cons: I don't like going into work on my days off even though I want to take my daughter to six flags, most guests are rude and nasty, very low pay-not enough to support a family, hours are consistently cut, was promised full time but I only had 14 hours on my paycheck last week, not allowed to get most of the perks that a guest gets- no season passes; no food passes; not allowed to play games. A sixteen year old kid was making more than me even though he started the job after I did this is his first job were in the same department AND he doesn't have a single bill to pay or a child to feed and clothe.

Cashier in Eagan:
"It's great helping people find what they need."
Pros: Helping them find what they need or just cashing them out to help them get out on their way talking to them and getting them to come back hopefully.
Cons: When you do everything you can and tell them what your manage will only end up telling them the same thing and they give me attitude and some times the same with the manger sometimes they are nicer to the manager even though I say everything nicely with out tension yet I'm still the one that they give attitude.

Cashier in Channelview:
Pros: I like that its calm, I also like it when it gets full, I like to be doing something not just be there standing doing nothing at all.
Cons: What I don't like is that its a little pay.

Cashier in Loudon:
"Food city."
Pros: Great flexibility with scheduling which goes down as you go higher in the pay chain. Management isn't always bad, they are usually helpful.
Cons: The pay doesn't make it as worth it if it has to include the always high stress and the constant feeling of being rushed and no perks no discounts on anything.

Cashier in Flagstaff:
"Underrated job."
Pros: Helping customers and communicating with the store and corporate offices to give customer satisfaction.
Cons: Inability to provide customers with best customer service due to lack of training.

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Experience Affects Cashier Salaries




National Average
$18,000


Skills That Affect Cashier Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Spanish Language
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Service Metrics
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Customer Service
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Retail
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Customer Relations
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Computer Service
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Cash Handling
0%

Sales
0%

Mathematica
0%

Cashier
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National Average
$18,000

Cleaning
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Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1991 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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