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Working As A Cashier Associate

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $17,077

    Average Salary

What Does A Cashier Associate Do

Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.

Duties

Cashiers typically do the following:

  • Greet customers
  • Scan or register customers’ purchases
  • Accept payments from customers and give change and receipts
  • Bag or wrap customers’ purchases
  • Process returns and exchanges of merchandise
  • Answer customers’ questions and provide information about store policies
  • Help customers sign up for store rewards programs or credit cards
  • Count the money in their register at the beginning and end of each shift

In some establishments, cashiers have to check the age of their customers when selling age-restricted products, such as alcohol and tobacco. Some cashiers may have duties not directly related to sales and customer service, such as mopping floors, taking out the trash, and other custodial tasks. Others may stock shelves or mark prices on items.

Cashiers use scanners, registers, or calculators to process payments and returns or exchanges of merchandise.

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How To Become A Cashier Associate

Cashiers are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements to become a cashier.

Education

Although most jobs for cashiers have no specific education requirements, some employers may prefer applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent. Cashiers should have a basic knowledge of mathematics, because they need to be able to make change and count the money in their registers.

Training

Cashiers receive on-the-job training, which may last a few weeks. An experienced worker typically helps new cashiers learn how to operate equipment such as scanners or registers.

Advancement

Working as a cashier is often a steppingstone to other careers in retail. For example, with experience, cashiers may become customer service representatives, retail sales workers, or sales managers.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Cashiers must pay attention to customers’ questions and explain pricing.

Customer-service skills. Cashiers must be courteous and friendly when helping customers.

Dexterity. Cashiers use their hands to operate registers and scan purchases.

Integrity. Cashiers must calculate payments accurately and be trusted to process customers’ financial information.

Patience. Cashiers must be able to remain calm when interacting with customers.

Physical stamina. Cashiers stand for long periods.

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Average Length of Employment
Head Cashier 2.5 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.3 years
Credit Cashier 2.2 years
Lead Cashier 2.2 years
Grocery Cashier 2.1 years
Cashier Associate 2.0 years
Service Cashier 1.9 years
Associate 1.9 years
Cashier Operator 1.8 years
Front End Cashier 1.7 years
Parking Cashier 1.7 years
Check Cashier 1.7 years
Waiter And Cashier 1.7 years
Sales Associate 1.6 years
Bookseller/Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier/Closer 1.6 years
Cashier 1.6 years
Snack Bar Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier/Sales 1.6 years
Baker/Cashier 1.6 years
Check Out Cashier 1.5 years
Associate Retailer 1.4 years
Retail Cashier 1.4 years
Hostess Cashier 1.4 years
Concession Cashier 1.4 years
Restaurant Cashier 1.4 years
Cashier/Host 1.4 years
Floor Associate 1.4 years
Store Associate 1.4 years
Floor Cashier 1.3 years
Front Cashier 1.3 years
Overnight Cashier 1.2 years
Junior Cashier For 1.0 years
Seasonal Associate 0.6 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 22.8%
Internship 5.5%
Associate 4.6%
Volunteer 4.4%
Server 3.5%
Hostess 3.4%
Waitress 2.8%
Secretary 1.9%
Manager 1.6%
Top Employers After
Cashier 17.6%
Associate 6.0%
Server 5.0%
Internship 4.5%
Volunteer 2.5%
Hostess 2.2%
Waitress 1.9%

Cashier Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

70.7%

Male

27.4%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

77.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.0%

French

10.1%

German

3.8%

Italian

3.4%

Japanese

2.1%

Russian

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Mandarin

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Hindi

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Somali

0.4%

Korean

0.4%
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Cashier Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

Houston Community College

6.2%

Liberty University

6.2%

University of Central Florida

5.3%

University of North Texas

4.9%

Valencia College

4.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.5%

Temple University

4.1%

Broward College

4.1%

University of Alabama

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

The Community College of Baltimore County

4.1%

Baton Rouge Community College

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%

Grand Canyon University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

21.6%

Psychology

8.6%

Criminal Justice

8.3%

General Studies

6.1%

Medical Assisting Services

6.0%

Nursing

6.0%

Accounting

5.7%

Health Care Administration

5.6%

Liberal Arts

4.5%

Communication

3.9%

Biology

3.6%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Marketing

2.6%

Computer Science

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Nursing Assistants

2.2%

Cosmetology

2.1%

English

2.0%

Dental Assisting

2.0%

Social Work

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

37.2%

Bachelors

33.4%

Associate

17.5%

Certificate

4.9%

Masters

4.1%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Cashier Associate

CustomerServiceSkillsNewMerchandiseStockShelvesSalesFloorPhoneCallsCustomerComplaintsFrontEndGreetingCustomersCustomerSatisfactionPOSAutomaticDebitsCustomerQuestionsSolidProductKnowledgeOrderlyCheckoutAreasCommunicationSkillsCustomerOrdersNewAssociatesAdditionalCustomerTransactionsSalesTransactions

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Top Cashier Associate Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Stock Shelves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Exemplify strong customer service skills at all times.
  • Distributed new merchandise on sales floor according to company procedures.
  • Stock shelves, racks, cases, bins, and tables with new or transferred merchandise.
  • Organized sales floor according to national diagram and promotional standards.
  • Sorted mail, directed phone calls, and assisted with clerical work.

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