Retail cashier or check-out operator

Retail cashiers and check-out operators accept payments from customers and give change in respect of sales or services.


  • Maintains transaction records as requested.
  • Monitors fuel taken by self-service customers or refuels vehicle if required.
  • Debits customer.
  • Receives cash, cheque or debit or credit card payment, checks validity of form of payment, gives change and issues receipts for purchase.
  • Records cost of each item on cash register or by use of bar code reader and totals the amount to be paid.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 25% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for retail cashier or check-out operator is £16,224

5,406 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 5,406. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for retail cashier or check-out operator roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,224 per year. That is about £1,352 per month or £8.32 per hour. New workers generally start on £4,251, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £17,469

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 5,406 people are employed in the region.

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