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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

  • $20,776

    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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Retail Cashier Demographics

Gender

Female

74.4%

Male

23.1%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

19.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

German

5.0%

French

4.4%

Arabic

3.1%

Korean

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Hindi

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Swahili

0.6%

Somali

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Bulgarian

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%
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Retail Cashier Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

6.6%

Texas State University

6.6%

University of Central Florida

6.6%

Fresno City College

4.9%

Palm Beach State College

4.4%

University of Florida

4.4%

Los Angeles Pierce College

4.4%

Fullerton College

4.4%

College of Southern Nevada

4.4%

Essex County College

4.4%

University of South Florida

3.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.8%

Tulsa Community College

3.8%

Austin Community College

3.8%

Santa Monica College

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

18.8%

Criminal Justice

8.6%

Psychology

8.0%

Nursing

7.4%

Medical Assisting Services

6.3%

Accounting

6.1%

General Studies

6.0%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

English

3.2%

Communication

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Biology

2.8%

Cosmetology

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Political Science

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Social Work

2.3%

Education

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

40.7%

Bachelors

30.8%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

5.8%

Masters

2.6%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Retail Cashier

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Process Merchandise Returns
  3. Store Shelves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Increased Sales by providing exceptional customer service.
  • Process merchandise returns and exchanges.- Assist customer to sign up for Target Red card at register.
  • Stocked and maintained the store shelves.
  • Maintain a professional and courteous manner with all customers at the register as well as on the sales floor.
  • Obtained and received merchandise, totaled bills, accepted payments and made change for customers in a retail store.

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