Cashier is an occupation focused on the handling of cash money.



A cashier at her register in a Panamanian grocery store.

In a shop, a cashier (or checkout assistant) is a person who scans the goods through a machine called a cash register that the consumer wishes to purchase at the retail store. After all of the goods have been scanned, the cashier then collects payment for the goods or services exchanged. In one form or another, cashiers have been around for thousands of years. In many businesses, such as grocery stores, the cashier is a "stepping stone" position. Many employers require employees to be cashiers in order to move up to customer service or other positions such as produce.

Cashiers are at risk of repetitive strain injuries due to the repeated movements often necessary to do the job, such as entering information on a keypad or moving product over a scanner. Included also is the physical strain of standing on one's feet for several hours in one spot and the emotional strain of managing the variety of customers with less than polite conversation skills and manners. Cashiers jobs are highly stressful, depending on the clientele and is better suited for employees with good social skills and a lot of patience.


A less-current meaning of the term referred to the employee of a business responsible for receiving and disbursing money. In a non-retail business, this would be a position of significant responsibility. With an ever-larger proportion of transactions being done using cash substitutes (such as checks, credit cards, debit cards, etc.), the amount of cash handled by such employees has declined, and this usage of the word "cashier" has been largely supplanted by the title comptroller.

Retail banking

In a bank branch in the United Kingdom, a cashier is someone who enables customers to interact with their accounts, such as by accepting and disbursing money and accepting cheques. In the United States, this job is called a bank teller.

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  • cashier — cash‧ier [kæˈʆɪə ǁ ˈʆɪr] noun [countable] 1. JOBS someone whose job is to take and pay out money in a shop, bank, hotel etc: • a supermarket cashier 2. ACCOUNTING JOBS someone who is responsible for keeping an account of the money received by and …   Financial and business terms

  • Cashier — Cash*ier , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cahiered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cashiering}.] [Earlier cash, fr. F. casser to break, annul, cashier, fr. L. cassare, equiv. to cassum reddere, to annul; cf. G. cassiren. Cf. {Quash} to annul, {Cass}.] 1. To dismiss or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cashier — [n] bank worker accountant, banker, bursar, clerk, collector, paymaster, purser, receiver, teller, treasurer; concept 348 cashier [v] discard, expel ax*, boot*, bounce, break, can*, cast off, discharge, dismiss, displace, drum out*, fire, give a… …   New thesaurus

  • cashier — Ⅰ. cashier [1] ► NOUN ▪ a person handling payments and receipts in a shop, bank, or business. ORIGIN French caissier, from caisse cash . Ⅱ. cashier [2] ► VERB ▪ dismiss from the armed forces because of a serious misdemeanour …   English terms dictionary

  • Cashier — Cash*ier (k[a^]sh*[=e]r ), n. [F. caissier, fr. caisse. See {Cash}.] One who has charge of money; a cash keeper; the officer who has charge of the payments and receipts (moneys, checks, notes), of a bank or a mercantile company. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cashier — index comptroller, demote, discharge (dismiss), dislodge, dismiss (discharge), eliminate (exclude) …   Law dictionary

  • cashier — vb *dismiss, discharge, drop, fire, sack, bounce Analogous words: *eject, expel, oust: eliminate, disbar, *exclude, suspend Contrasted words: engage (see PROMISE): elect, appoint, *designate, name …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cashier — cashier1 [ka shir′] n. [< MDu or MFr; MDu cassier < MFr caissier < caisse] 1. a person hired to collect and keep a record of customers payments, as in a store 2. an officer in a bank or company responsible for receipts and disbursements… …   English World dictionary

  • cashier — I UK [kæˈʃɪə(r)] / US [kæˈʃɪr] noun [countable] Word forms cashier : singular cashier plural cashiers someone whose job is to receive or give money in a shop, bank etc II UK [kæˈʃɪə(r)] / US [kæˈʃɪr] verb [transitive] Word forms cashier : present …   English dictionary

  • cashier — An employee or a restaurant, store, or other place of business, whose duty it is to have charge of the cash register and take payments front the customers, ordinarily at a position near the exit from the place of business; the chief executive… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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