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Cashier Salary

Average Cashiers in the United States make around $8.40 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.33 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $10.99. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to about a fourth, and approximately one-fifth earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cashiers making up 75 percent. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$12,036 - $40,979
(Median)
$12K
$22K
$41K
MEDIAN: $22,289
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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
$12,036 - $40,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $489.41  
Profit Sharing
$20.19 - $1,032  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,174  
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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$15,262 - $24,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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 - $3.17  
Overtime
$2.04 - $17.77  
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 - $489.41  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,174  
Profit Sharing
$20.19 - $1,032  
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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$15,262 - $24,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11,361

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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 who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $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


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., The Kroger Company, and Target Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Cashiers. Employees at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $20K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $16K and higher ones not far away at only $25K. Sam's Club, The Home Depot Inc., and Publix Super Markets Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Cashiers earning around $20K, $19K, or $18K at each firm, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. — median pay is $16K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $15K and only reaching $18K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Kmart Corporation, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, and Burger King Corporation, all paying $16K.

Popular Skills for Cashier


Survey results imply that Cashiers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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 4 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.


For many Cashiers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $17K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $19K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $20K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $21K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Cashiers, 14 percent higher than the national average. Cashiers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Austin (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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



Customer Service Metrics
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$18,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1630 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: 27% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 70%
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