Cashier Salary

Cashiers in the United States take home an average $8.69 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.38 per hour and $11.16. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by years of experience and location. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Cashiers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cashiers making up 75 percent. Close to one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in five collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,102 - $40,414
(Median)
$12K
$21K
$40K
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. It is quite typical for Cashiers to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Customer Service Representatives, where reported median earnings are $5K and $11K higher per year.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team 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. Also paying near the top of the field are Sam's Club at $20K, The Home Depot Inc. at $19K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where Cashiers annually earn $19K.

Pay for Cashiers is the lowest at Dollar Tree Stores Inc, which has a median salary of $16K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $19K. McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Kmart Corporation, and Burger King Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $16K for all three.

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 Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Food Preparation. Those proficient in Cash Handling are, more often than not, also skilled in Retail and Customer Relations.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $18K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $19K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cashiers make a median salary of $20K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $21K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $18,251

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

San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Cashiers, 7 percent higher than the national average. 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). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (7 percent lower) and Houston (6 percent lower).

Cashier Reviews

What is it like working as a Cashier?

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.

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.

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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
up arrow 2%

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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