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Become A Sales Clerk/Cashier

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Working As A Sales Clerk/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

  • $17,077

    Average Salary

What Does A Sales Clerk/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 Sales Clerk/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 2.5 years
Retail Sales Clerk 2.2 years
Sales Clerk 2.0 years
Sales Associate 1.6 years
Cashier/Sales 1.6 years
Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier Associate 1.5 years
Retail Cashier 1.4 years
Front Cashier 1.4 years
Floor Cashier 1.3 years
Overnight Cashier 1.2 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 20.7%
Waitress 4.3%
Internship 3.8%
Volunteer 3.4%
Server 3.1%
Secretary 3.0%
Teller 2.3%
Top Employers After
Cashier 15.5%
Teller 4.6%
Waitress 3.9%
Server 3.9%
Internship 3.4%
Teacher 2.6%
Clerk 2.6%
Volunteer 2.4%

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Sales Clerk/Cashier Demographics

Gender

Female

74.6%

Male

23.8%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.3%

French

6.0%

Portuguese

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

German

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Urdu

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Hindi

0.9%

Hawaiian

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Armenian

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Serbian

0.9%
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Sales Clerk/Cashier Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.7%

Grand Canyon University

7.1%

Liberty University

6.3%

Ashford University

5.5%

University of Central Florida

5.5%

Commonwealth Technical Institute

5.5%

Kaplan University

5.5%

Wake Technical Community College

3.9%

Glendale Community College

3.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.9%

University of Southern Indiana

3.9%

The Academy

3.9%

College of the Sequoias

3.9%

Florida International University

3.9%

Tyler Junior College

3.1%

Brigham Young University

3.1%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Montgomery College

3.1%

Guam Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Health Care Administration

8.1%

Criminal Justice

7.9%

Nursing

7.5%

Accounting

6.0%

Psychology

5.8%

General Studies

5.5%

Medical Assisting Services

5.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

English

3.1%

Elementary Education

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Biology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Cosmetology

2.4%

Early Childhood Education

2.4%

Pharmacy

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

40.4%

Bachelors

27.8%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

5.7%

Masters

4.9%

Diploma

3.0%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Sales Clerk/Cashier

ProcessMerchandiseReturnsCreditCardTransactionsSalesFloorStockShelvesInventoryControlStockItemsCustomerServiceSkillsSeasonalPOSPhoneCallsResponsibilitiesiCommunicationSkillsSpecialOrdersBankDepositsCustomerSatisfactionGreetingCustomersStockMerchandiseSalesTransactionsAutomaticDebitsCustomerComplaints

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  1. Process Merchandise Returns
  2. Credit Card Transactions
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Accept and process merchandise returns.
  • Controlled cash and credit card transactions Assisted customers with purchasing of merchandise Performed accurate account of inventory
  • Ensured the sales floor was in orderly fashion, including facing merchandise, and product stocking and replenishment.
  • Assisted customers with choices, operated a cash register, stock shelves, did whatever was necessary at any given time.
  • Handled merchandising & inventory control.

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