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Working As A Retail 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

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Retail Cashier 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 Retail Cashier

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
Retail Clerk 2.2 years
Grocery Cashier 2.2 years
Lead Cashier 2.2 years
Cashier Operator 1.9 years
Cashier 1.8 years
Front End Cashier 1.8 years
Cashier Associate 1.5 years
Associate Retailer 1.4 years
Floor Cashier 1.3 years
Retail Cashier 1.0 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Careers Before Retail Cashier
Cashier 30.4%
Server 4.4%
Volunteer 3.4%
Waitress 3.3%
Internship 3.3%
Hostess 3.3%
Assistant 2.2%
Top Careers After Retail Cashier
Cashier 23.5%
Server 6.4%
Internship 3.1%
Hostess 2.8%
Waitress 2.5%
Teller 2.3%
Volunteer 2.2%

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Top Skills for A Retail Cashier

  1. Customer Service
  2. Process Merchandise Returns
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Greeted each customer entering establishments utilizing excellent customer service skills.
  • Process merchandise returns and exchanges.- Assist customer to sign up for Target Red card at register.
  • Maintained a clean and orderly sales floor, and provided excellent customer service and up sells that increased the sell volume.
  • Provided excellent customer service while fostering customer satisfaction in a well recognized retail store.
  • Lead markdown team, cashier, provided customer service, stock new merchandise, organized, recovered

Retail Cashier Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 8,701 Retail Cashier resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Retail Cashier Demographics

Gender

Female

66.5%

Male

20.9%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

19.3%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.6%

French

4.1%

German

3.7%

Italian

2.4%

Arabic

2.0%

Korean

1.7%

Hindi

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Dutch

0.7%

Mandarin

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Khmer

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Chinese

0.7%

Swahili

0.3%
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Retail Cashier Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

The Academy

7.5%

College of Southern Nevada

5.6%

Miami Dade College

5.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

4.7%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Texas State University

4.5%

Everest Institute

4.2%

Houston Community College

3.6%

Valencia College

3.6%

Austin Community College

3.6%

Essex County College

3.6%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.6%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.4%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.4%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.4%
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Majors

Business

18.8%

Medical Assisting Services

8.0%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

Psychology

7.7%

Nursing

7.5%

Health Care Administration

6.6%

General Studies

6.1%

Accounting

5.7%

Cosmetology

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Communication

3.2%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Education

2.6%

English

2.6%

Biology

2.6%

Computer Science

2.2%

Pharmacy

2.1%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Management

2.1%

Marketing

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

40.0%

Bachelors

29.7%

Associate

17.1%

Certificate

6.4%

Masters

2.8%

Diploma

2.7%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.3%
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