Retail Cashier Salary (United States)

Salaries for Retail Cashiers in the United States sit in the ballpark of $8.46 per hour. The top of the range reaches $11.13, and the bottom approaches $7.38 per hour. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Retail Cashiers—as high as $655.573451091751, $1,216 and $4,950, respectively—each contribute to the degree of variability within cash compensation, ranging from $14,168 to $42,228. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; about a third claim both medical and dental insurance and 16 percent get vision coverage. Most Retail Cashiers are women (74 percent). For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale 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  
PayScale
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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Retail Cashiers who advance into the role of a Registered Nurse—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $37K per year. The most common next step for Retail Cashiers is moving 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

Retail Cashiers in search of the best pay head to The Home Depot Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $19,330. Though pay is top-notch, compensation is curbed at $26K. Not only do salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $15,982 to just $26K—but Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $18,639.

Popular Skills for Retail Cashier

Survey results suggest that Retail Cashiers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Customer Service is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Most people skilled in Retail are similarly competent in Customer Relations and Cash Handling. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know 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.
Retail Cashiers do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $17,422, which grow to $18,577 after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $19,418. After 20 years of work in the field, Retail Cashiers typically earn $22K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. 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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between 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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