What does a Cashier do?

Cashiers work to provide customers with fast and friendly service while ensuring accuary at the sales counter. Cashiers generally take orders, ring them up on a register, collect payments and make change, and issue receipts. Cashiers are oftentimes asked to help with other tasks around the place of business during their down time. They are needed at a wide variety of places ranging from grocery stories and retail shops to restaurants and gas stations.

Cashiers must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Aside from this, cashiers need to have great interpersonal skills in order to provide customers with great service. Additionally, the best cashiers are outgoing, friendly, detail-oriented, and comfortable moving at a fast pace.

What responsibilities are common for Cashier jobs?
  • Collect cash, checks, and credit card payments from customers
  • Make change accurately and efficiently
  • Issue receipts to customers
  • Deal with returns and refunds as necessary
  • Maintain cash control over register drawer and verify amounts are correct
  • Answer customer questions as they arise
  • Calculate customer bills through cash register ringing
  • Help with other tasks as needed including managing shelves, tracking inventory, and keeping the store clean
What are the typical qualifications for Cashier jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • 3-6 months experience handling money and working with a cashier
  • Ability to read and understand instructions
  • Ability to add, substract, multiply, and divide easily and quickly
  • Experience operating a cash register
  • Proficient cashier and clerical skills
  • Comfortable with cash handling
  • Strong customer service skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Cashier Salaries

Average Base Pay

$8 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$7
Median: $8
$10
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Cashier Career Path

Learn how to become a Cashier, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Cashier
$20,000/yr
L3
Cashier Supervisor
No Salary Reports
L4
Lead Cashier
No Salary Reports
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
25%
2 - 4
1%
5 - 7
0%
8+
74%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Cashier Insights

Read what Cashier professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Dunkin' DonutsDunkin' Donuts
Cashier
10 Jun 2021

“I loved working here the store i was at the manager was super nice and understanding”

Taco BellTaco Bell
Fast Food Cashier
18 Aug 2021

“real nice and fun man I love working here I wish this would be my job forever”

Half Price BooksHalf Price Books
Cashier
3 Feb 2022

“You will be surrounded by great and interesting coworkers and it is truly a fun place to work.”

Sprouts Farmers MarketSprouts Farmers Market
Head Cashier
5 Jul 2021

“The products are awesome and decently priced and I enjoy helping people take control of their eating and lifestyle habits.”

Chick-fil-AChick-fil-A
Cashier/Bagger
1 Jun 2020

“Some of the cons of working here is that sometimes people can be rude or disrespectful but I can handle that”

loanDepotloanDepot
Cashier
19 Aug 2021

“Good people to work but some angry fans so you have to be fast which I am good at that”

Family Dollar StoresFamily Dollar Stores
Cashier
9 Sept 2020

“I love working there it’s a nice place to work everyone is nice and chill for the most part”

PrimarkPrimark
Cashier
17 Jul 2020

“Great company to work to start your career and job perspective made so much money and than left within 6 months”

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Cashier Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of cashiers

Cashiers spend their days working with customers at retail businesses. They run the point-of-sale system or cash register by scanning the bar codes of items, receiving credit card and cash payments, making change, and bagging or wrapping customer purchases. They may also assist customers by answering questions about products.

A cashier is typically an entry-level position, which means that you don't usually need any formal education in order to become a cashier. Any required training happens on the job. It can be a good first job, but there isn't much room for career advancement.

Working as a cashier can be challenging, especially at a busy store where they must stand on their feet for a whole shift or have many customers to work with. As the point of contact for customers, cashiers may need to resolve concerns. This is why cashiers need a positive attitude and a friendly demeanor for their whole shift, which may start with opening the store or ending late when closing it.

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