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Cashiers

Cashiers
Quick Facts : Cashiers*
2010 Median Pay$18,500
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20123,362,600
Job Outlook7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change250,200


Cashiers work in different kinds of retails or sales business handling payments such as grocery or clothing stores. Cashiers help check out customers when making purchases for goods services. Some cashiers may have duties not directly related to sales and customer service, such as mopping floors, taking out the trash, and doing other custodial tasks.

What Cashiers Do

  • Use scanners, cash registers, and calculators to ring up items that customers buy
  • Handle returns and exchanges of merchandise, including seeing if the items are in good condition and using the right procedure for cash, credit cards, or other types of payment
  • Answer customers' questions and give information about the store's procedures and policies
  • Help customers sign up for store rewards programs and to apply for store credit cards
  • Count the amount of money that is in their register at the beginning and end of their shift

Work Environment

Most cashiers work in retail stores. Work hours vary by employer, but cashiers typically must work nights, weekends, and holidays.
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Job Outlook

Employment of cashiers is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020 as retail sales are expected to grow, leading to increased need for cashiers over the projections decade.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of cashiers was $8.89 in May 2010.
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Cashiers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Cashiers

18500

Sales Occupations

43308.1818

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Cashiers*
Percent Change in Employment

Cashiers

7.44067

Sales Occupations

14.306078997525303

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Cashiers

There are usually no formal educational requirements and cashiers usually get trained on the job. Cashiers should have a basic knowledge of mathematics, because they need to be able to make change and count the money in their registers.
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