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How to Get a Job as a Cashier

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.

Why would I want to be a cashier?

  • If you're a student, you need a flexible work schedule. Cashier jobs will often work around your classes.
  • Got kids? Being a cashier can give you money for their school fees.
  • Love to shop? Cashiers often get a discount just for being a store employee.
  • Stressed about Christmas gift expenses? A seasonal cashier job can be Santa's early gift to you.
  • If you need a part-time job, there are many places where cashier jobs may be available.

Whether you’re looking for your first job, your next job, or a part-time job, a job as a cashier may be what you’re looking for. Consider the job description, demand for cashiers, and benefits for cashier jobs in your city if being a cashier is something you're interested in.

Cashiers are an important part of each customer's experience.
Cashiers are an important part of each customer's experience. | Source

Where are cashiers needed? Where can I find a job as a cashier?

Any store that sells things needs cashiers. Even stores that have a self-checkout area or “U-Scan” machines still need a cashier standing by to help customers in case there’s a problem. Consider where you, your family and your friends typically buy things. Look for cashier jobs at:

If you’re willing to serve food, you can also find cashier jobs in bakeries, coffeehouses, cafés, fast food restaurants, and sit-down restaurants. Swimming pools, amusement parks, zoos and aquariums may also have cashier jobs for those interested in selling souvenirs or food.

  • Arts and crafts stores
  • Bookstores
  • Candle, greeting card and gift stores
  • Drug stores
  • Clothing stores
  • Electronics stores
  • Furniture and hardware stores
  • Grocery stores such as Kroger and supermarkets like Aldi
  • Locally-owned businesses
  • Office supply stores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Savings clubs (stores that require shoppers to buy a membership card)
  • Shoe stores
  • Superstores (stores that sell everything)

Which cashier job would you take?

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What does a cashier do?

A cashier’s job is to accurately take the payment for the merchandise the customer buys. Depending on what type of merchandise the customer has purchased, you may be bagging merchandise or wrapping fragile items. You’ll be responsible for accurately receiving cash, checks and credit card payments from your customers, and keeping these records according to your employer’s policies. Cashiers may also be called to the sales floor to help customers, perform price checks, straighten items on the sales floor, be a fitting room attendant, or with other miscellaneous duties.

Cashiers are important even in a self-checkout area.
Cashiers are important even in a self-checkout area. | Source
The clothing cashiers wear is part of a store's image.
The clothing cashiers wear is part of a store's image. | Source

How much does a cashier job pay?

  • Cashier job salaries vary based on the location, company and whether or not a commission is included.
  • Those who work part-time typically do not receive health insurance.
  • Many cashiers work for at or close to minimum wage and no commission, although some companies offer higher pay.
  • It’s common to receive a merchandise discount such as a 10% off or 25% off, whether you work full-time or part-time.
  • Cashiers who work full-time may be eligible for a benefits package. Some companies, such as The Home Depot, offer a flexible spending plan and tuition reimbursement for full-time employees.
  • To check typical cashier salaries in your area, visit glassdoor.com.

Benefits of Being a Cashier

One of the hidden perks of being a cashier is being the first to know when items go on sale or clearance. If you've been eying something expensive and it's not in your budget to buy, working at the store means you'll get the word first if it's going to be discontinued. You might also get a sneak preview at the schedule of when things are going to be marked down, giving you the chance to purchase things you wouldn't otherwise be able to have. Combine this inside knowledge with the ability to save by using coupons, and you could score some great deals.

Should I be a cashier?

Being a cashier is considered a “customer service” position, so if you don’t think you would enjoy lots of interaction with other people, this is probably not the job for you. As a cashier, you will encounter many different people from many different walks of life. Sometimes they will be polite; other times they may not. Before accepting a job as a cashier, you should ask yourself how comfortable you will be working with the general public every day.

How to Get a Cashier Job

  • Walk in to several stores and ask if cashier job applications are being accepted. Be persistent- apply to several stores.
  • Look inside store windows for postings that say “Help Wanted” or “Now Hiring”.
  • Use online job boards to apply for cashier jobs.
  • Inform your friends, family and neighbors that you're interested in a cashier job so they can let you know if they hear of a job you're not aware of.

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Good advice

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      I'm sure your admiration is appreciated, teaches12345!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I admire cashiers. They have to endure so much and must have tons of patience when dealing with the public. Training helps so much, as you say.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Genna, I'm sure your friendliness is appreciated!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Before accepting a job as a cashier, you should ask yourself how comfortable you will be working with the general public every day.” Very sage words of advice. This isn’t’ an easy job. I always smile and greet the person behind the counter when I approach. Some customers can be rude…however some cashiers as well, and more so. Very interesting hub.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing your experience, FlourishAnyway. Training makes a difference as your story shows!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Good information, Erin. Many years ago I worked as a cashier for Walmart for two days. They provided no training other than bagging another employee's merchandise and it was not fun at all. I quit because of it.