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What does a Cashier do?

A cashier is a professional who works in establishments other than financial institutions and handles the cash register at different point of sale locations. They carry out the tasks of receiving and releasing money and processing credit and debit card transactions.


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Working as a Cashier

A cashier may function in the following ways:

  • Collecting payments by cash, credit or debit cards or through automatic debits
  • Giving out receipts to customers who have made payments for goods and services
  • Giving refunds to customers who request such
  • Counting and checking cash in the drawers at the beginning of a workday to ensure that cash amounts are correct and there is enough change available
  • Operating electronic equipment and tools like scanners and others that are used in the process of carrying out their duties
  • Making sure the cash register is balanced at the end of a workday
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How much does a Cashier make in the United States?

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The average salary for a cashier is $12.52 per hour in the United States. 84.2k salaries reported, updated at May 14, 2022.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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Average $18.90 per hour

Customer Service Representative

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Average $17.11 per hour

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Common questions about for a Cashier

Does a cashier need to be good in math?

The cashier must possess the math skills because the job involves the collection of payment from customers and the giving of appropriate change to customers on a daily basis. A cashier will also be involved in the process of balancing cash registers on a daily basis. These processes and others involve the consistent application of math skills by the cashier.

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What is a cashier test?

A cashier test is an assessment given to determine candidate's knowledge and skills in certain cashier's job tasks like receiving cash payments, receiving payments through credit cards or checks and more.

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Do cashiers work during weekends?

The work hours vary from one company to another. There are many cashier positions that require you to work during weekends and holidays. Candidates should be flexible in order to increase their employment chances.

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