Cashiers

(NOC 6611)

in All Sales and Service

Cashiers use cash registers, optical price scanners, computers, or other equipment to record and accept payment for the purchase of goods, services, and admissions. They work in stores, restaurants, theatres, recreational and sports institutions, currency exchange booths, government offices, business offices and other service, retail and wholesale companies.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 175 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate -505 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 6125 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

During the spring, many nonessential retail stores closed as consumers were urged to avoid nonessential outings. Thousands of cashiers were laid off or had their hours reduced to zero. While most nonessential retail shops have reopened, they must adhere to regulations concerning physical distancing, occupancy levels, and enhanced sanitization. Some have also chosen to keep reduced business hours, reducing the total number of cashiers needed. The effect of COVID-19 has varied by type of retail. For example, many grocery stores increased shifts or hired additional staff in the spring as consumers stockpiled groceries in preparation for a potential lockdown. Some essential retail cashiers received a temporary wage increase during this period. Sales in most types of retail in Nova Scotia recovered by August excepts for clothing and gasoline. In comparison, the rebound of employment has been slower and remains well below pre- pandemic levels. Some employers have also reported that a shortage of cashiers developed or worsened during the pandemic. In response to a decrease in foot traffic and fewer tourists, some businesses have added or improved their online purchase and delivery options.

In general, the number of retail shops and employees has increased over time with population and income growth. However, recent changes such as the increased popularity of online shopping and self-serve checkouts may reduce the need for this position. A high rate of employee turnover is a major driver of job vacancies in this occupation. The present shortage conditions aside, the pool of candidates applying for vacancies can be large at times as education and skill requirements are low.

The median employment income for the 16% of Cashiers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $21,920. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, the 59% of those who worked full-time, year-round had a median employment income of $43,600. (Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$12.95

Median

$13.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,140

Minimum

$9,623

Median

$23,349

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$18.36

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Cashiers use cash registers, optical price scanners, computers, or other equipment to record and accept payment for the purchase of goods, services, and admissions. They work in stores, restaurants, theatres, recreational and sports institutions, currency exchange booths, government offices, business offices and other service, retail and wholesale companies.

Job duties

Cashiers:

  • Greet customers.
  • Establish or identify price of goods, services, or admission and calculate total payment required using electronic or other cash register, optical price scanner or other equipment.
  • Weigh produce and bulk foods.
  • Receive and process payments by cash, cheque, credit card or automatic debit.
  • Wrap or place merchandise in bags.
  • Provide information to customers.
  • Help sports spectators and theatre patrons with seat selection.
  • Calculate foreign currency exchange.
  • Calculate total payments received at end of work shift and reconcile with total sales.
  • Verify the age of customers when selling lottery tickets, alcohol, or tobacco products.
  • May accept reservations and take-out orders.
  • May also stock shelves and clean check-out counter area.

Sample job titles

  • cashier
  • convenience store cashier
  • customer service cashier
  • front desk cashier
  • grocery store cashier
  • movie theatre cashier
  • restaurant cashier
  • self-serve gas bar attendant
  • ticket seller - cashier

Skills

You should have good health, physical stamina, and manual dexterity. You must also be able to work on your own and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school education is usually required. High school graduation may be required by some employers.
  • Eligibility for bonding may be required.
  • A casino gaming licence may be required for cashiers working in gambling casinos.

Other considerations

Work in these jobs tends to be seasonal, with employment levels peaking in the summer months and around the holiday season. Cashiers are often expected to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Cashiers may advance to supervisory positions like head cashier with additional training or experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

13,490

employed in 2016

27.5%

employed full-time

0.2%

self employed

79.7%
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20.3%
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23

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

56.4%

employed full-time

5.8%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

38.0%

Halifax

17.8%

North Shore

17.3%

Cape Breton

13.9%

Annapolis Valley

13.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

77.9%

Retail trade

15.7%

Accommodation and food services

1.6%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

1.0%

Information and cultural industries

0.6%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

56.0%

15-24

12.0%

45-54

11.0%

55-64

11.0%

25-34

7.0%

35-44

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

30.0%

15-24

17.2%

45-54

17.2%

25-34

16.1%

55-64

13.8%

35-44

Top levels of education

45.2%

High school

$10,424 median annual income
31.6%

Less than high school

$5,665 median annual income
13.4%

College Diploma

$13,748 median annual income
4.3%

Bachelor

$10,984 median annual income
3.6%

Apprenticeship

$15,358 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

39.8%

High school

$15,705 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$9,866 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$20,644 median annual income
9.9%

Bachelor

$21,262 median annual income
8.0%

Apprenticeship

$21,234 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

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