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Working As A Float Teller

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $117,968

    Average Salary

What Does A Float Teller Do

Tellers are responsible for accurately processing routine transactions at a bank. These transactions include cashing checks, depositing money, and collecting loan payments.

Duties

Tellers typically do the following:

  • Count the cash in their drawer at the start of their shift
  • Accept checks, cash, and other forms of payment from customers
  • Answer questions from customers about their accounts
  • Prepare specialized types of funds, such as traveler’s checks, savings bonds, and money orders
  • Exchange dollars for foreign currency
  • Order bank cards and checks for customers
  • Record all transactions electronically throughout their shift
  • Count the cash in their drawer at the end of their shift and make sure the amounts balance

Tellers are responsible for the safe and accurate handling of the money they process. When cashing a check, they must verify the customer’s identity and make sure that the account has enough money to cover the transaction. When counting cash, tellers must be careful not to make errors. If a customer is interested in financial products or services, such as certificates of deposits (CDs) and loans, tellers explain the products and services offered by the bank and refer the customer to the appropriate personnel.

In most banks, tellers record account changes using computers that give them easy access to the customer’s financial information. Tellers also can use this information when recommending a new product or service.

Head tellers manage teller operations. Besides doing the same tasks as those done by other tellers, they perform some managerial duties, such as setting work schedules or helping less experienced tellers. Because of their experience, head tellers may deal with difficult customer problems, such as errors in customer accounts. Head tellers also go to the vault (where larger amounts of money are kept) and ensure that other tellers have enough cash to cover their shift.

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How To Become A Float Teller

Most tellers have a high school diploma and receive about 1 month of on-the-job training. Some banks do background checks before hiring a new teller.

Education

Tellers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent. Some tellers may take some college courses, but a degree is rarely required for a job applicant to be hired. 

Training

New tellers usually receive brief on-the-job training, typically lasting about 1 month. Normally, a head teller or another experienced teller trains them. During this training, tellers learn how to balance cash drawers and verify signatures. They also learn the computer software that their bank uses and the financial products and services the bank offers.

Advancement

Experienced tellers can advance within their bank. They can become head tellers or move to other supervisory positions. Some tellers can advance to other occupations, such as loan officer. They can also move to sales positions.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Tellers spend their day interacting with bank customers. They must be friendly, helpful, and patient. They must be able to understand customer needs and explain service options to their customers.

Detail oriented. Tellers must be sure not to make errors when dealing with customers’ money. 

Math skills. Because they count and handle large amounts of money, tellers must be good at arithmetic.

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Float Teller Career Paths

Float Teller
Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant
Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Branch Manager Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Assistant Community Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Head Teller Office Manager Staff Accountant
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Branch Manager Account Executive Personal Banker
Bank Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Teller Personal Banker
Banking Center Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Teller Supervisor Assistant Branch Manager
Branch Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Vault Teller Branch Manager
Branch Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Member Service Representative Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Vault Teller Personal Banker Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist Collections Specialist
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Teller Supervisor Finance Sales Consultant Internet Sales Manager
Customer Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Teller Service Specialist Personal Banker
Finance Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Head Teller Assistant Branch Manager Branch Manager
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Personal Banker Service Manager Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Specialist Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Member Service Representative Service Representative Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Personal Banker Branch Manager Manager, Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Float Teller Demographics

Gender

Female

73.9%

Male

24.4%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

67.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

French

12.1%

Italian

6.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

Vietnamese

3.0%

Greek

3.0%

Persian

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%
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Float Teller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

West Virginia University

7.6%

University of Mississippi

6.5%

Ball State University

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Grand Valley State University

5.4%

Argosy University-Phoenix

4.3%

University of Central Arkansas

4.3%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.3%

University of Maine

4.3%

University of Connecticut

4.3%

Tarleton State University

4.3%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Clemson University

4.3%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

3.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.3%

Trident Technical College

3.3%

Jefferson College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

30.9%

Finance

8.4%

Accounting

8.2%

Nursing

4.8%

Psychology

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Communication

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

General Studies

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Human Resources Management

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Biology

2.7%

Elementary Education

2.7%

English

2.5%

Cosmetology

2.1%

Management

2.1%

Kinesiology

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Fine Arts

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Other

28.0%

Associate

12.4%

Masters

7.9%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.6%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

1.0%
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Top Skills for A Float Teller

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  1. Bank Deposits
  2. Customer Service
  3. Travelers Checks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided customer service by performing banking transactions and recommending products to customers
  • Cash checks, loan payments, travelers checks.
  • Maintain a positive and welcoming atmosphere while processing client transactions and providing excellent customer service.
  • Performed various administrative duties, such as: filing new accounts, handling phone calls, and creating excel spread sheets.
  • Answered inquiries regarding checking/saving accounts and other bank products and attempted to resolve issues with customers.

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