The average Cashier in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $9.01 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.48 per hour and $11.59. Cash earnings for Cashiers — including $1K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $16K to $25K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and experience level. Female Cashiers make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Medical benefits are awarded to one-fourth, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. 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.
- Close and balance cash drawers.
- Operate cash register to process sales.
- Bag merchandise and collect money.
Common Career Paths for Cashier
For Cashiers, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $56K annually. Career advancement for the typical Cashier often leads to becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Customer Service Representative; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $10K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Cashier
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Cashiers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Kroger Company, The Home Depot Inc., Target Corporation, and Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Although salaries only range from $19K to just $26K, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $22K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Sam's Club, The Home Depot Inc., and Safeway, Inc., top-paying firms where Cashiers rake in a solid $21K, $21K, or $20K, respectively.
Salaries are easily beat at Dollar General Corporation, where median pay comes to just $16K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15K and ending at $19K, range in salary is rather small. Also approaching the lower end are Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Burger King Corporation, and The Kroger Company, each paying $17K.
Popular Skills for Cashier
Cashiers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, Accounting, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Cash Handling and Retail.
Pay by Experience Level for Cashier
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Cashiers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $19K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $20K. Cashiers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $21K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Cashiers that is 13 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Cashiers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+10 percent), Austin (+6 percent), Las Vegas (+4 percent), and San Antonio (+2 percent). Charlotte ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Houston and Philadelphia.
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