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Retail Cashier Salary (United States)

A typical Retail Cashier in the United States can expect to take home roughly $8.46 per hour. In the world of Retail Cashiers, overall income ranges from $15K near the bottom to $24K at the top; this can include more than $655.573451091751 from bonuses and more than $1K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to about a third, and just under one in four earn dental coverage. Female Retail Cashiers make up most of the field at 74 percent. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Retail Cashiers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Retail Cashier Salary (?
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$14,168 - $42,228
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MEDIAN: $22,000
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Retail Cashier Salary (?
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$7.38 - $11.13
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,168 - $42,228  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $656  
Profit Sharing
$30.30 - $1,216  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,950  
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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$15,398 - $24,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.38 - $11.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $3.24  
Overtime
$4.87 - $18.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $656  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,950  
Profit Sharing
$30.30 - $1,216  
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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$15,398 - $24,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,448
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Job Description for Retail Cashier

A retail cashier is an individual who typically works for a store or restaurant. Retail cashiers are responsible for working the cash register and ringing up customers' orders. They must be able to manage and understand how to work a cash register quickly and efficiently without making mistakes. While the job is neither very physically nor mentally demanding, the cashier may be expected to be on his or her feet for long periods of time and must be able to remember how to ring up various items. The retail cashier's work is generally done indoors in a shop or restaurant. The cashier is held accountable to the manager at all times. Often, cashiers will work with many other co-workers in order to ensure the most efficient and best possible experience for the customer.
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Retail Cashier Tasks
  • Collect customer information and enter it into the appropriate repository.
  • Answer questions, provide information, and resolve complaints.
  • Accept customer payment, and answer questions about billing.
  • Organize and clean cashier area.

Common Career Paths for Retail Cashier

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While not commonly seen, Retail Cashiers who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The typical salary for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. Retail Cashiers typically move into roles as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Customer Service Representatives, and those positions pay $15K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Cashier

The Home Depot Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $19K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $17K and maxing out at just $26K. Pay for Retail Cashiers is the lowest at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, which has a median salary of $19K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $26K. The Home Depot Inc. is also at the bottom of the scale.

Popular Skills for Retail Cashier

Retail Cashiers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Retail, Sales, and Cash Handling are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Cash Handling and Customer Relations. Most people familiar with Retail also know Customer Relations and Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Cashier

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $17K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $19K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $19K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Retail Cashier with more than 20 years of experience can earn $22K on average. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a fair portion of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

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Experience Affects Retail Cashier Salaries

National Average
$18,000

Skills That Affect Retail Cashier Salaries

Customer Service
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Customer Relations
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National Average
$18,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 66%