Retail Cashier Salary

Retail Cashiers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $8.54 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.42 per hour and $11.55. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. About one in three enjoy medical while slightly more than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around a sixth. Most Retail Cashiers survey respondents are women (75 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,404 - $37,095
(Median)
$15K
$22K
$37K
MEDIAN: $22,000
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90%

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$7.42 - $11.55
(Median)
$7
$8
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
10%
50%
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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$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$15,404 - $37,095  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
Profit Sharing
$30.20 - $1,838  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,521  
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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$15,507 - $24,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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
$7.42 - $11.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $8.77  
Overtime
$2.94 - $17.58  
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 - $504  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,521  
Profit Sharing
$30.20 - $1,838  
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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$15,507 - $24,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 906
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Retail Cashiers sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $55K per year. Career advancement for the typical Retail Cashier often leads to becoming a Retail Store Assistant Manager or a Customer Service Representative; median salaries in these positions are $14K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Retail Cashier


With a median salary of $19K, The Home Depot Inc. offers Retail Cashiers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $17K and are capped at $26K.

Salaries are easily beat at Dollar Tree Stores Inc, where median pay comes to just $16K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $15K and ending at $20K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Retail Cashier


Survey results suggest that Retail Cashiers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Computer Service, Retail, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Cash Handling and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Cashier

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Retail Cashiers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $17K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $19K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Retail Cashiers make a median salary of $20K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $21K.

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Experience Affects Retail Cashier Salaries




National Average
$18,000


Skills That Affect Retail Cashier Salaries

Computer Service
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Customer Service
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Retail
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Customer Relations
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Sales
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Cash Handling
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National Average
$18,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 65%
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