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Working As A Cashier/Sales

  • 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/Sales 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/Sales

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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Cashier/Sales jobs

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Average Length of Employment
Head Cashier 2.5 years
Retail Sales Lead 2.4 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.3 years
Lead Cashier 2.2 years
Sales Person 2.2 years
Retail Sales Clerk 2.2 years
Grocery Cashier 2.1 years
Sales Assoc 2.1 years
Cashier/Sales 2.0 years
Sales Clerk 2.0 years
Shop Clerk 2.0 years
Service Cashier 1.9 years
Phone Sales 1.8 years
Cashier Operator 1.8 years
Parking Cashier 1.7 years
Check Cashier 1.7 years
Front End Cashier 1.7 years
Waiter And Cashier 1.7 years
Snack Bar Cashier 1.6 years
Sales Associate 1.6 years
Cashier/Closer 1.6 years
Bookseller/Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier 1.6 years
Baker/Cashier 1.6 years
Sales Team Member 1.5 years
Cashier Associate 1.5 years
Check Out Cashier 1.5 years
Store Associate 1.4 years
Associate Retailer 1.4 years
Hostess Cashier 1.4 years
Retail Cashier 1.4 years
Cashier/Host 1.4 years
Concession Cashier 1.4 years
Floor Associate 1.4 years
Restaurant Cashier 1.4 years
Floor Cashier 1.3 years
Front Cashier 1.3 years
Overnight Cashier 1.2 years
Seasonal Associate 0.6 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 28.2%
Waitress 4.0%
Internship 3.3%
Server 3.1%
Volunteer 3.0%
Hostess 2.8%
Manager 2.1%
Assistant 2.1%
Top Employers After
Cashier 19.0%
Server 4.8%
Internship 3.4%
Waitress 2.9%
Manager 2.6%
Hostess 2.5%
Supervisor 2.2%
Teller 2.2%

Cashier/Sales Demographics

Gender

Female

71.9%

Male

25.9%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

74.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.8%

French

4.9%

Portuguese

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.3%

Japanese

2.0%

Hindi

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Italian

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Cantonese

1.2%

German

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Gujarati

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Russian

0.8%

Carrier

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Swedish

0.4%

Hawaiian

0.4%
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Cashier/Sales Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

Houston Community College

6.9%

Kaplan University

6.4%

Miami Dade College

5.7%

Ashford University

5.2%

College of Southern Nevada

4.5%

Essex County College

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

Florida International University

4.2%

Cerritos College

4.2%

El Paso Community College

4.0%

Delgado Community College

4.0%

Broward College

4.0%

Bergen Community College

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

4.0%

Georgia Perimeter College

3.5%

Hudson County Community College

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

Pima Community College

3.5%

South Texas College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

19.7%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

Psychology

7.9%

Nursing

7.5%

Medical Assisting Services

6.3%

General Studies

5.9%

Health Care Administration

5.4%

Accounting

5.2%

Communication

4.1%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Biology

3.3%

Education

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Management

2.5%

English

2.5%

Nursing Assistants

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Computer Science

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

42.8%

Bachelors

28.8%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

5.4%

Masters

2.9%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Cashier/Sales

OutstandingCustomerServiceNewMerchandiseSalesFloorSolidProductKnowledgePOSStockShelvesAutomaticDebitsPhoneCallsCustomerQuestionsCustomerSatisfactionCustomerComplaintsCommunicationSkillsGreetingCustomersSalesGoalsResponsibilitiesiOrderlyCheckoutAreasCreditCardPaymentsSalesPricesSpecialOrdersCurrentSales

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Top Cashier/Sales Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Recognized by customers and the management team for providing outstanding customer service.
  • Displayed new merchandise with promotional materials to attract customers' attention.
  • Promote sales, customer service, cashier, stock sales floor.
  • Maintained solid product knowledge and selling techniques to deliver effective customer service.
  • Processed customer financial transactions and made daily deposits.

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