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Become A Cashier

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Working As A Cashier

  • 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 Do

Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.


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

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


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.


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.


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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Cashier Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Japanese

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Vietnamese

  • Cantonese

  • Korean

  • Tagalog

  • Hmong

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Greek

  • Gujarati

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Real Cashier Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cashier Big Apple Supermarket Richmond, VA Mar 11, 2015 $50,357
Cashier Wakefield Convenience Store, Inc. Wakefield, VA Jul 21, 2015 $34,237
Cashier Russell Edward Dodson Rockville, MD May 27, 2016 $26,088
Cashier Aisha Inc. Mashpee, MA Nov 30, 2015 $25,667
Cashiers (Customer Service) Pacpizza, LLC Oakland, CA Apr 26, 2016 $25,480
Cashiers Pacpizza, LLC Oakland, CA Oct 23, 2015 $25,480
Cashier John & J's Corp Los Angeles, CA Jun 16, 2016 $25,044
Cashiers ABY Inc. Laurel, MD Jul 22, 2016 $24,586
Cashier Ranisharma Inc. DBA 7-Eleven Huntingtown, MD Dec 02, 2016 $24,315
Cashier K & L Services, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Aug 18, 2015 $24,294
Cashiers/Clerks Sconset General Store Siasconset, MA May 01, 2016 $24,147
Cashier-Clerks Sconset General Store Nantucket, MA May 25, 2015 $24,042
Cashiers Courtney, LLC Dba Backwater Trading Co. Edgartown, MA May 01, 2015 $24,042
Cashiers Joe & Son Appliance Center, Inc. Provincetown, MA May 01, 2015 $24,042
Cashiers Everyday Happy Day Los Angeles, CA Mar 10, 2016 $21,840
Cashier Jang Il Corporation Tucson, AZ Aug 14, 2015 $21,840
Cashier L Square Investment Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 14, 2016 $21,819
Cashier Entry Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 06, 2016 $21,819
Cashier RCC Poultry Enterprises, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 03, 2016 $21,819
Cashiers Amagansett Super Savers Amagansett, NY Apr 14, 2016 $21,496
Cashiers S and S Market Inc./Dba East Hampton IGA East Hampton, NY Apr 01, 2016 $21,496
Cashiers Montauk IGA Montauk, NY Apr 01, 2016 $21,496
Cashier Uniform Kingdom Inc. Carson, CA Jun 15, 2016 $18,720
Cashier Grand Hotel LLC Mackinac Island, MI Apr 01, 2016 $18,366
Cashiers MacKinac Island Carriage Tours, Inc. Mackinac Island, MI May 10, 2016 $18,366
Cashier 7 Eleven Jamesburg, NJ Aug 18, 2016 $18,325
Cashier Chicago Food Corporation Chicago, IL Jul 14, 2016 $18,325

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Top Skills for A Cashier


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Top Cashier Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Process Merchandise Returns
  3. Automatic Debits.Issue Receipts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed cash with several basic transactions, operated cash register, developed customer rapport by providing outstanding customer service daily.
  • Process merchandise returns and exchanges as well as sell products or services and price merchandise.
  • Receive payment by cash check credit cards vouchers or automatic debits.Issue receipts refunds credits or change due to customers.
  • Maintain clean and orderly checkout areas and complete other general cleaning duties, such as sanitizing counters and emptying trashcans.
  • Prepare customer orders to specification in an efficient manner.

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