Cashier Salary

Cashiers in the United States can expect wages of $8.47 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $7.34 per hour and $11.01. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career length and geographic location. Nearly one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in five collect dental insurance. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cashiers making up 75 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$12,099 - $41,158
(Median)
$12K
$22K
$41K
MEDIAN: $22,263
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$7.34 - $11.01
(Median)
$7
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$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
$12,099 - $41,158  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $491.58  
Profit Sharing
$20.64 - $1,029  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,110  
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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$15,281 - $24,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.34 - $11.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.08 - $2.60  
Overtime
$2.20 - $17.61  
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 - $491.58  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,110  
Profit Sharing
$20.64 - $1,029  
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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$15,281 - $24,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12,539
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. 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


Many Cashiers can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., The Kroger Company, and Target Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Although the highest salaries can be found at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. where median pay is $20K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $16K and $25K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Sam's Club at $20K, The Home Depot Inc. at $19K, and Publix Super Markets Inc, where Cashiers annually earn $18K.

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $16K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $18K and scope of pay is rather limited. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Kmart Corporation, and Burger King Corporation, all paying $16K.

Popular Skills for Cashier


Cashiers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Customer Relationship Management, Cashier, and Customer Service Metrics 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $17K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $19K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $20K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $21K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Cashiers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 9 percent above the national average. Cashiers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+8 percent), Las Vegas (+5 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), and Austin (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent less).

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



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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Spanish Language
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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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National Average
$18,000

Mathematica
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Cleaning
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Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1641 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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