Average Cashier Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


From gas stations to department stores and everywhere in between, cashiers are responsible for making transactions, providing excellent customer service and a variety of other important responsibilities. Without cashiers, many stores would be unable to function. For many people, a cashier position is the foundation of an exciting career in the retail industry.

Example cashier job description

We are seeking a responsible and motivated individual to fill the open cashier position at our busy store. Basic responsibilities of the cashier range from checking out customers to stocking shelves and providing product recommendations. Cashiers at our store work as an integral member of the store team to create an outstanding customer experience. The ideal person for this position will be an excellent communicator and have a proven ability to provide friendly service. If you are someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment, we invite you to apply for this position. 

Typical duties include:

  • Create an inviting store environment by welcoming guests, maintaining a clean workspace and providing basic customer service

  • Operate the cash register and scanner to complete customer orders

  • Complete credit card transactions, manage the cash drawer and issue receipts for purchases

  • Assist with bagging groceries 

  • Fill online orders and deliver them to customers in the parking lot

  • Service product returns, cash refunds and product exchanges

  • Resolve customer complaints and answer customer questions to ensure customer satisfaction

  • Comply with corporate standards for uniform and behavior

  • Maintain a clean checkout area


  • High school diploma or GED

  • Basic money management skills

  • Basic math and computer skills

  • Positive attitude and willingness to work as a part of the team

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

  • Ability to lift heavy objects

  • Excellent customer service skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous cashier or retail sales experience

Common questions about cashier jobs

How much does a cashier make?

The average cashier makes $10.78 per hour.

What are the education requirements?

Most companies prefer cashiers who have a high school diploma or GED. Some stores, however, will hire part-time employees over the age of 16.

Career paths for cashiers

Many people begin their careers in retail as cashiers. Opportunities for advancement include shift manager, store manager or general manager.

The future of cashiers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for cashiers are expected to decline by 4% over the next 10 years. 

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