Retail Cashier Salary

Median pay for Retail Cashiers in the United States is around $9.45 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.75 per hour and $12.47. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Retail Cashiers making up 73 percent. Most Retail Cashiers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Around one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in five collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,164 - $37,095
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MEDIAN: $23,990
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$7.75 - $12.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,164 - $37,095  
   
Bonus
$2.07 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$270.00  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$16,130 - $27,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $12.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.18  
Overtime
$4.00 - $20.67  
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$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$2.07 - $1,987  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,350  
Profit Sharing
$270.00  
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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$16,130 - $27,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 588

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Job Description for Retail Cashier

A retail cashier operates a cash register at a retail store. Under the supervision of a store manager, a retail cashier will provide customer service to customers by completing all assigned tasks with great attention to detail and timeliness. This individual might have the responsibility of promoting company programs, including loyalty participation, warranty sales, and credit card enrollment. Therefore, this person may need to maintain awareness of current promotions and advertisements. The responsibilities of this position can include greeting patrons, answering phone calls, following policies and procedures, researching special-order products, and stocking different goods. This individual can be expected to assist with tagging, cleaning, stocking items. The individual is often expected to be a team player.

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Retail Cashier Tasks

  • Accept customer payment, and answer questions about billing.
  • Organize and clean cashier area.
  • Collect customer information and enter it into the appropriate repository.
  • Answer questions, provide information, and resolve complaints.

Common Career Paths for Retail Cashier


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Retail Cashiers who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. The most common career progression for Retail Cashiers leads to becoming a Cashier, where pay is typically $18K. However, many Retail Cashiers also opt to become Retail Store Assistant Managers, a position that pays $32K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Cashier


Known for taking on a considerable number of Retail Cashiers, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Target Corporation, Dollar Tree Stores Inc, Walgreen Co., and Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the most; Retail Cashiers earn $24K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, CVS / Pharmacy, and Target Corporation, top-paying firms where Retail Cashiers rake in a decent $22K, $20K, or $20K, respectively.

Kmart Corporation, Walgreen Co., and Kohl's Department Stores Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $16K, $17K, and $18K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Retail Cashier


Retail Cashiers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, Sales, Retail, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning and Computer Service. Most people familiar with Cash Handling also know Retail and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Cashier

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $19K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $21K. Retail Cashiers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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

National Average: $19,988

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

Home to some of the best pay for Retail Cashiers, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 9 percent above the national average. Retail Cashiers will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+6 percent), Denver (+4 percent), Los Angeles (+3 percent), and New York (+3 percent). In Albuquerque, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Chicago (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Retail Cashier Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Retail Cashier?

Retail Cashier in Pasadena:
"It is challenging, and keeps you on your toes."
Pros: Getting to meet different cultures. There is a wide diversity of people and I love to see what they buy .
Cons: Using paper bags , and people bringing their own bags.

Retail Cashier in Pearl:
"How I went from a teacher to a minimum wage worker."
Pros: The attitudes are great. The people I work for expect a lot so I do best to above and beyond.
Cons: The money. I don't make enough to pay the bills.

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Key Stats for Retail Cashier

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Retail Cashier Salaries

▲7%

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$20,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Retail Cashier Salaries


Retail
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Sales
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National Average
$20,000




Cleaning
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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