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Career Profile: Cashiers

Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 3,379,100 people employed as cashiers in the United States. The median annual salary is $25,000. Entry level employees earn approximately $18,850 per year and senior employees earn approximately $32,630 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Sort, count, and wrap currency and coins.
  • Weigh items sold by weight to determine prices.
  • Issue trading stamps, and redeem food stamps and coupons.
  • Pay company bills by cash, vouchers, or checks.
  • Receive payment by cash, check, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debits.
  • Answer customers' questions, and provide information on procedures or policies.
  • Help customers find the location of products.
  • Issue receipts, refunds, credits, or change due to customers.
  • Greet customers entering establishments.
  • Supervise others and provide on-the-job training.
  • Assist customers by providing information and resolving their complaints.
  • Maintain clean and orderly checkout areas, and complete other general cleaning duties, such as mopping floors and emptying trash cans.
  • Establish or identify prices of goods, services, or admission, and tabulate bills, using calculators, cash registers, or optical price scanners.
  • Answer incoming phone calls.
  • Bag, box, wrap, or gift-wrap merchandise, and prepare packages for shipment.
  • Post charges against guests' or patients' accounts.
  • Request information or assistance, using paging systems.
  • Process merchandise returns and exchanges.
  • Offer customers carry-out service at the completion of transactions.
  • Count money in cash drawers at the beginning of shifts to ensure that amounts are correct and that there is adequate change.
  • Calculate total payments received during a time period, and reconcile this with total sales.
  • Keep periodic balance sheets of amounts and numbers of transactions.
  • Compute and record totals of transactions.
  • Monitor checkout stations to ensure they have adequate cash available and are staffed appropriately.
  • Cash checks for customers.
  • Sell tickets and other items to customers.
  • Compile and maintain non-monetary reports and records.
  • Assist with duties in other areas of the store, such as monitoring fitting rooms or bagging and carrying out customers' items.
  • Stock shelves, sort and reshelve returned items, and mark prices on items and shelves.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
3,379,100
Annual Openings:
546,900
Increase in Openings by 2030:
-10%
Annual Salary Range:
$18,850 - $32,630
Education Requirements:
Some high school