Cashier Salary

Pay for Cashiers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $8.46 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.34 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $11.01. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and location. Approximately one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in five collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cashiers making up 75 percent. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Cashiers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,067 - $40,890
(Median)
$12K
$22K
$41K
MEDIAN: $22,085
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$7.34 - $11.01
(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
$12,067 - $40,890  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $490.78  
Profit Sharing
$20.56 - $1,030  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,055  
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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$15,275 - $24,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $11.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.08 - $2.58  
Overtime
$2.07 - $17.62  
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 - $490.78  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,055  
Profit Sharing
$20.56 - $1,030  
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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$15,275 - $24,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,374
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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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At the upper end, Cashiers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. The most common next step for a Cashier is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Customer Service Representative. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cashier


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., The Kroger Company, and Target Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Cashiers. Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $20K, though there is little variation overall ($16K to $25K). Soaring salaries can also be found at Sam's Club, The Home Depot Inc., and Publix Super Markets Inc, where earnings of $20K, $19K, or $18K are standard for Cashiers.

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $16K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $15K to $18K. Dollar Tree Stores Inc, 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 takers working as Cashiers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 7 percent. Most people who know Cash Handling also know Retail and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Cashier

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


For Cashiers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $17K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $19K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $20K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $21K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Cashiers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Cashiers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+8 percent), Las Vegas (+4 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), and Austin (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 5 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Philadelphia (5 percent lower).

Cashier Reviews

What is it like working as a Cashier?

Cashier in Ontario:
"Busy."
Pros: I get discounts on items. The people I work with are nice most of the time. I get to meet new people.
Cons: I have a lot of responsabilities and don't get compinsated fairly.

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



Spanish Language
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Service Metrics
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Cashier
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Customer Relations
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Computer Service
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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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Mathematica
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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 1639 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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