Cashier Salary


How Much Does a Cashier Make?

On average, a Cashier make $24,370 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $18,150, while the top-paid 10 percent made $31,270.

Annually National Average Salary: $24,370

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* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS.



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Salary by State

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Annual Salary by State

State10% Annual25% AnnualAvg. Annual75% Annual90% Annual
Alabama$16,670$18,020$21,320$23,700$26,570
Alaska$22,110$23,820$28,230$30,850$36,900
Arizona$23,090$23,660$26,030$26,700$30,740
Arkansas$19,000$19,600$22,310$23,990$27,650
California$23,570$24,570$28,900$30,650$38,310
Colorado$22,270$23,400$27,690$30,490$37,380
Connecticut$22,420$23,190$25,840$26,150$31,250
Delaware$18,880$19,900$23,130$24,800$28,840
District of Columbia$27,920$28,110$31,180$32,280$37,600
Florida$18,580$19,660$23,050$24,780$28,940
Georgia$16,810$18,230$21,450$23,860$27,040
Hawaii$22,200$23,570$27,870$30,170$36,470
Idaho$17,360$19,610$23,300$25,510$30,250
Illinois$19,110$20,470$24,400$26,560$30,630
Indiana$16,910$18,510$21,930$24,510$28,640
Iowa$17,330$19,600$22,960$25,220$29,320
Kansas$16,930$18,570$21,990$24,290$28,380
Kentucky$16,640$17,860$21,140$23,450$27,280
Louisiana$16,540$17,610$20,470$22,760$25,870
Maine$22,890$23,200$25,240$25,550$29,390
Maryland$21,270$21,920$25,280$26,360$31,190
Massachusetts$25,060$25,310$28,040$29,430$33,020
Michigan$20,160$20,840$24,060$25,000$29,650
Minnesota$21,420$22,640$25,950$28,440$32,150
Mississippi$16,470$17,480$20,180$22,070$25,420
Missouri$17,990$19,490$23,020$24,960$29,740
Montana$18,900$20,330$23,760$25,620$30,060
Nebraska$20,080$20,730$23,720$25,080$28,850
Nevada$17,870$20,320$24,210$26,040$32,680
New Hampshire$18,020$20,550$23,550$25,470$29,660
New Jersey$19,220$20,200$24,480$25,780$31,570
New Mexico$17,530$19,310$22,990$25,080$29,890
New York$23,430$24,130$27,810$29,480$35,010
North Carolina$16,640$17,890$21,220$23,700$27,640
North Dakota$19,500$21,520$25,340$28,600$32,680
Ohio$18,490$19,350$22,980$24,920$30,030
Oklahoma$16,750$18,120$21,390$23,850$27,680
Oregon$23,370$24,080$27,560$29,680$35,770
Pennsylvania$16,890$18,470$22,060$24,270$28,510
Rhode Island$22,420$23,260$25,880$27,370$31,170
South Carolina$16,750$18,120$21,220$23,640$26,300
South Dakota$19,510$20,310$23,350$24,980$28,940
Tennessee$16,820$18,340$22,100$24,460$29,370
Texas$17,220$19,380$22,930$25,500$29,700
Utah$17,250$19,400$23,390$25,830$30,730
Vermont$23,010$23,710$26,220$27,400$31,250
Virginia$17,120$18,980$22,850$25,100$30,010
Washington$25,210$25,890$30,660$32,670$39,570
West Virginia$18,930$19,540$21,920$23,380$26,390
Wisconsin$17,290$19,430$22,990$25,660$29,810
Wyoming$17,630$20,110$24,070$26,420$32,870
Guam$17,960$18,700$21,010$22,810$26,710
Puerto Rico$16,290$17,120$18,910$19,950$23,090
Virgin Islands$22,130$22,740$24,970$25,770$29,820

Annual Average Salary: Top 5 States

The top earning state in the field is District of Columbia, where the average salary is $31,180.

These are the top 5 earning states in the field:

District of Columbia - $31,180
Washington - $30,660
California - $28,900
Alaska - $28,230
Massachusetts - $28,040

Cashiers: Salary Overview

Cashiers receive payments from customers who purchase goods and services.

Their job responsibilities also include scanning and registering customer’s purchases, wrapping the products, processing returns and exchanging merchandise, answering customer’s questions, and counting the money in the register at the beginning and at the end of each shift.

Cashiers who work in establishments that sell alcoholic beverages or tobacco are also responsible for verifying the age of their customers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for cashiers in the United States was $11.37 in May 2019.

Salaries in this field vary based on experience, employer, region, and many other factors.

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The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.73 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $15.04.

Many entry-level inexperienced cashiers earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 but some states regulate minimum wages higher than the federal minimum.

Cashier Salary by Industry

Cashier salaries vary widely depending on the field of employment.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3.6 million cashiers employed in the U.S. in 2018, 27% of them being employed by food and beverage stores.

General merchandise stores employed about 21% of cashiers while 17% of them worked for gasoline stations and 9% in restaurants and other eating places.

Pharmacies and drug stores employ about 5% of all cashiers.

Cashier salaries also vary depending on the industry of employment.

Their biggest employer, food, and beverage stores offered a mean annual salary of $24,990 to cashiers while the second biggest employer, general merchandise stores, paid its cashiers with $24,340 a year, on average.

The mean annual salary for cashiers who work in gasoline stations was $22,830 as of May 2018 while the mean annual salary for those who work in restaurants and other eating places were paid, on average, with $22,680 a year.

The industry of health and personal care stores employed about 193,610 cashiers in 2018 and offered an average annual salary of $25,340.

Cashiers who worked in beer, wine, and liquor stores earned, on average, an annual mean wage of $24,660 while those who worked in a general merchandise store earned an average annual salary of $24,340.

The top-paying industry for cashiers is, according to BLS, the federal executive branch, an industry that employed around 920 cashiers and offered an average annual salary of $38,960.

7,430 of cashiers worked for state governments and earned a mean annual salary of $37,880.

The field of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution employed around 790 cashiers and offered an annual wage of $36,300 a year.

The industries that offer the most attractive compensation package typically offer fewer jobs for cashiers and competition for these positions may be stronger.

Having a few years of experience behind the counter in a regular store may give you an advantage if you want to find a better paying job in a different field.

Cashier Salary by Compensation Structure

Many cashiers, especially entry-level employees, are paid by the hour but some of them may also receive a fixed salary.

Some employers offer compensation packages that include bonuses and profit sharing.

A cashier with this type of compensation package may earn anywhere between less than $10 and more than $1,200 a year in bonuses and up to $1,500 a year in profit sharing, according to payscale.com

Full-time workers may receive health and life insurance and paid vacation days but those who work part-time typically have fewer benefits.

Many companies also provide discounts to their employees on the services they provide or the products they sell.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of cashiers is projected to decline 4 percent from 2018 to 2028 mainly because more stores start to use self-service checkout stands and online sales.

Competition may be strong, especially in fields that offer a higher salary, but job opportunities for cashiers are expected to be good because of the need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation each year.

* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Cashiers. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.

* Employment conditions in your area may vary.


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