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Working As A Bank Teller

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Bank Teller Do

Tellers are responsible for accurately processing routine transactions at a bank. These transactions include cashing checks, depositing money, and collecting loan payments.

Duties

Tellers typically do the following:

  • Count the cash in their drawer at the start of their shift
  • Accept checks, cash, and other forms of payment from customers
  • Answer questions from customers about their accounts
  • Prepare specialized types of funds, such as traveler’s checks, savings bonds, and money orders
  • Exchange dollars for foreign currency
  • Order bank cards and checks for customers
  • Record all transactions electronically throughout their shift
  • Count the cash in their drawer at the end of their shift and make sure the amounts balance

Tellers are responsible for the safe and accurate handling of the money they process. When cashing a check, they must verify the customer’s identity and make sure that the account has enough money to cover the transaction. When counting cash, tellers must be careful not to make errors. If a customer is interested in financial products or services, such as certificates of deposits (CDs) and loans, tellers explain the products and services offered by the bank and refer the customer to the appropriate personnel.

In most banks, tellers record account changes using computers that give them easy access to the customer’s financial information. Tellers also can use this information when recommending a new product or service.

Head tellers manage teller operations. Besides doing the same tasks as those done by other tellers, they perform some managerial duties, such as setting work schedules or helping less experienced tellers. Because of their experience, head tellers may deal with difficult customer problems, such as errors in customer accounts. Head tellers also go to the vault (where larger amounts of money are kept) and ensure that other tellers have enough cash to cover their shift.

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How To Become A Bank Teller

Most tellers have a high school diploma and receive about 1 month of on-the-job training. Some banks do background checks before hiring a new teller.

Education

Tellers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent. Some tellers may take some college courses, but a degree is rarely required for a job applicant to be hired. 

Training

New tellers usually receive brief on-the-job training, typically lasting about 1 month. Normally, a head teller or another experienced teller trains them. During this training, tellers learn how to balance cash drawers and verify signatures. They also learn the computer software that their bank uses and the financial products and services the bank offers.

Advancement

Experienced tellers can advance within their bank. They can become head tellers or move to other supervisory positions. Some tellers can advance to other occupations, such as loan officer. They can also move to sales positions.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Tellers spend their day interacting with bank customers. They must be friendly, helpful, and patient. They must be able to understand customer needs and explain service options to their customers.

Detail oriented. Tellers must be sure not to make errors when dealing with customers’ money. 

Math skills. Because they count and handle large amounts of money, tellers must be good at arithmetic.

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Accountant And Office Manager
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Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Teller Service Representative Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant Accounts Payable Supervisor
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accounts Receivable Specialist Credit Analyst
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Community Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Assistant Branch Manager
Finance Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Operation Supervisor Assistant Branch Manager
Branch Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Operation Supervisor Assistant Branch Manager
Banking Center Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accountant Account Manager Relationship Manager
Business Relationship Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Operations Director
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Personal Banker Specialist-Small Business Banking Center Manager
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5 Yearsyrs
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Branch Service Manager
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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
Show Salaries
$25,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BNP Paribas
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Bank Teller make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Bank Teller in the United States is $29,320 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $33,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Top Skills for A Bank Teller

  1. Customer Service
  2. Savings Withdrawals
  3. Bank Products
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide excellent customer service by answering or referring financial questions to supervisory staff and performing office and clerical duties.
  • Process savings withdrawals, cash checks, verify endorsement, receive proper identification and ensure validity, Identify counterfeit currency.
  • Counted and maintained a balanced register Offered and sold bank products Provided excellent customer service
  • Processed many transactions including deposits, check cashing, issuing of money orders and cashier checks, and processing loan payments.
  • Operated in high volume and fast paced atmosphere while ensuring accuracy and accountability for each transaction

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Top 10 Best States for Bank Tellers

  1. Maine
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Oregon
  4. Idaho
  5. Wisconsin
  6. North Carolina
  7. Washington
  8. Alaska
  9. Wyoming
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Bank Teller Resume Examples And Tips

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Bank Teller Demographics

Gender

Female

69.9%

Male

26.4%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.6%

French

5.7%

Arabic

3.2%

Chinese

3.0%

Portuguese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Hindi

2.5%

Russian

2.3%

German

2.3%

Cantonese

2.1%

Italian

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Urdu

1.6%

Japanese

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Tagalog

0.8%

Polish

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Hmong

0.6%

Greek

0.5%
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Bank Teller Education

Schools

University of Houston

7.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.2%

Kaplan University

6.0%

Liberty University

5.8%

Ashford University

5.8%

Miami Dade College

5.8%

Strayer University

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Florida International University

5.0%

Kean University

5.0%

Montclair State University

4.9%

Nassau Community College

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Temple University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.1%

Monroe College

3.8%

Kent State University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

28.9%

Accounting

11.7%

Psychology

6.3%

Finance

6.2%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

General Studies

4.6%

Nursing

4.4%

Health Care Administration

4.3%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Communication

3.2%

Marketing

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Education

1.9%

English

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Biology

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Elementary Education

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

High School Diploma

26.3%

Associate

20.2%

Certificate

5.8%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

3.7%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Updated May 18, 2020