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Become A Counter Clerk

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Working As A Counter 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

  • $17,077

    Average Salary

What Does A Counter 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 Counter 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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Counter Clerk Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Clerk Checker 2.9 years
Cash Office Clerk 2.7 years
Counter Person 2.5 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.3 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Shop Clerk 2.0 years
Sales Clerk 2.0 years
Counter Clerk 2.0 years
Register Clerk 1.9 years
Counter Helper 1.8 years
Cashier Operator 1.8 years
Counter 1.6 years
Order Taker 1.6 years
Counter Associate 1.6 years
Counter Attendant 1.6 years
Fuel Clerk 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 20.8%
Server 5.2%
Waitress 3.4%
Internship 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Hostess 2.6%
Assistant 2.4%
Secretary 2.3%
Top Employers After
Cashier 15.0%
Server 5.2%
Internship 4.0%
Manager 3.8%
Waitress 3.0%
Clerk 2.8%
Teller 2.7%
Supervisor 2.6%
Volunteer 2.6%

Counter Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

68.8%

Male

29.7%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.3%

Portuguese

3.8%

German

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

French

3.8%

Italian

2.5%

Filipino

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Cherokee

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Cheyenne

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Tongan

1.3%
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Counter Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.7%

Community College of Allegheny County

8.9%

Midlands Technical College

8.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

7.1%

Johnson & Wales University

5.4%

Mohawk Valley Community College

5.4%

Ithaca College

4.5%

Alcorn State University

4.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

Iowa State University

4.5%

University of New Hampshire

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%

Tennessee State University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

Bristol Community College

3.6%

Lamar University

3.6%

Metropolitan Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

23.6%

Accounting

8.3%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Nursing

6.5%

Psychology

6.5%

General Studies

6.0%

Medical Assisting Services

5.8%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Computer Science

3.7%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Communication

2.6%

Culinary Arts

2.5%

Education

2.5%

English

2.5%

Cosmetology

2.5%

Finance

2.4%

Nursing Assistants

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Management

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

38.8%

Bachelors

28.8%

Associate

19.5%

Certificate

6.0%

Masters

3.3%

Diploma

2.6%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Counter Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Counter Clerk Cacheo Food Corp New York, NY Jan 27, 2016 $35,880
Counter Clerk 138 Deli & Grocery Corp. New York, NY Nov 03, 2016 $35,880
Counter Clerk Altagracia Deli & Grocery Store Inc. New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $35,880
Counter Clerk Aqui Me Quedo Grocery Corp. New York, NY Sep 21, 2016 $35,880
Counter Clerk Hill Street Mini Mart Waterbury, CT Nov 03, 2016 $33,280
Counter Clerk American Ski Exchange CO Oct 01, 2011 $30,554
Counter Clerk Resort Transportation, Inc. DBA Nantucket Bike Shop MA Apr 15, 2012 $22,394

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Top Skills for A Counter Clerk

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Top Counter Clerk Skills

  1. Deli Counter
  2. Customer Orders
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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Hired, trained, and supervised up to 30 deli counter and kitchen staff, utilizing bilingual capability as necessary.
  • Prepared foods on the Grill and filled customer orders Took orders on the take out window
  • Collect Coin Drop boxes from slot machines on casino floor.
  • Provided friendly interaction, expert advice, and customer service for meat counter customers.
  • Collected and processed excise tax payments; filed, and data entry.

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