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Working As A Cashier/Service Clerk

  • 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

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cashier/Service Clerk 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/Service Clerk

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 2.6 years
Services Clerk 2.4 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.2 years
Grocery Cashier 2.2 years
Front End Clerk 2.1 years
Check Cashier 1.9 years
Service Cashier 1.8 years
Front End Cashier 1.8 years
Cashier 1.8 years
Cashier Associate 1.5 years
Floor Cashier 1.3 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Careers Before Cashier/Service Clerk
Cashier 25.5%
Internship 6.1%
Volunteer 5.7%
Server 4.1%
Assistant 2.8%
Supervisor 2.2%
Waitress 2.0%
Hostess 1.7%
Top Careers After Cashier/Service Clerk
Cashier 21.9%
Internship 5.3%
Server 4.9%
Teller 3.1%
Volunteer 2.9%
Associate 2.4%

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Cashier/Service Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

45.2%

Male

41.0%

Unknown

13.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

French

5.7%

Italian

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%

Mandarin

2.3%

Hmong

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Tagalog

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Norwegian

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Czech

1.1%

Slovak

1.1%

Polish

1.1%
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Cashier/Service Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.2%

Ball State University

8.0%

University of Connecticut

7.6%

Westfield State University

6.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.8%

University of Maine

5.4%

The Academy

4.9%

Purdue University

4.9%

Grand Valley State University

4.5%

Lansing Community College

4.0%

Indiana University South Bend

4.0%

Manchester Community College

4.0%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

University of New Hampshire

3.6%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.6%

Bergen Community College

3.6%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.6%

Gateway Community College

3.6%

Nicholls State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

19.5%

Criminal Justice

9.6%

Psychology

7.1%

General Studies

6.9%

Medical Assisting Services

5.9%

Health Care Administration

5.8%

Accounting

5.1%

Nursing

4.8%

Liberal Arts

4.1%

Computer Science

3.6%

Marketing

3.6%

Education

3.4%

Pharmacy

3.4%

Communication

3.2%

Biology

3.0%

English

2.5%

Finance

2.3%

Sociology

2.3%

Information Technology

2.0%

Graphic Design

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

36.7%

Bachelors

35.8%

Associate

16.3%

Certificate

5.2%

Masters

3.1%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Cashier/Service Clerk

  1. Customer Service
  2. Service Clerk
  3. Store Operations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Service Clerk-Provided great customer service.
  • Bag customers groceries and collect carts as well as help customers with questions.ring customers groceries up for them
  • Performed maintenance on film processor, photo printer, and other necessary machines used in the photo lab.
  • Stock shelves, mark prices on shelves and items, and request information or assistance using paging system.

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