Retail Cashier Salary (United States)

Retail Cashiers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $8.46 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.38 per hour on the low end to $11.13 on the higher side. The final incomes of Retail Cashiers vary between $15,398 and $24,181; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $655.573451091751, $1,216, and $4,950, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. About a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a quarter collect dental insurance. Female Retail Cashiers make up most of the field at 74 percent. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This outline is based on answers to 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  
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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  
PayScale
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 earn an additional $37K per year. Retail Cashiers typically move into roles as Retail Store Assistant Managers or Customer Service Representatives, where they can expect an extra $14,563 or $10,844 per year.

Retail Cashier Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Cashier

Employees at The Home Depot Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $19,330 is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, starting at $16,583 and nearing the top at only $26K. Employees at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $18,639 is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $15,982 and quickly nearing the top at only $26K.

Popular Skills for Retail Cashier

Survey results show that Retail Cashiers use a fair number of skills. Those who have experience with Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 4 percent more than the national average, respectively. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Cash Handling and Customer Relations. The majority of those who know 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.
For Retail Cashiers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $17,422 climbs to $18,577. Salary comes to $19,418 after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Retail Cashiers after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $22K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent 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 5 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

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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%
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