How Much Cashiers Earn in Every State

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At some time in our lives, many of us have worked as cashiers. Perhaps you took a job at a grocery store during high school or college. Or, maybe you are working at Walmart or Target today.

Cashiers work in many places — from retail outlets to grocery stores and gas stations. These roles are important enough to businesses that in many states, cashiers have been deemed “essential workers” despite the pandemic.

However, dark clouds are on the horizon for the role of cashier.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that advances in automation such as self-serve checkouts will shrink the number of cashier jobs by 4% between 2018 and 2028.

Many factors determine how much you earn as a cashier, but one of the most important is the state in which you work. While the national average hourly wage for cashiers is $11.72, state averages range from as little as $9.70 to as much as $14.99.

Following is the average hourly wage for cashiers in each of the 50 states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

We start with the lowest, then work our way up to the state with the top average hourly wage:

  • Mississippi: $9.70
  • Louisiana: $9.84
  • Kentucky: $10.16
  • North Carolina: $10.20
  • South Carolina: $10.20
  • Alabama: $10.25
  • Oklahoma: $10.28
  • Georgia: $10.31
  • Indiana: $10.54
  • West Virginia: $10.54
  • Kansas: $10.57
  • Pennsylvania: $10.61
  • Tennessee: $10.62
  • Arkansas: $10.73
  • Virginia: $10.99
  • Texas: $11.02
  • Iowa: $11.04
  • New Mexico: $11.05
  • Ohio: $11.05
  • Wisconsin: $11.05
  • Missouri: $11.07
  • Florida: $11.08
  • Delaware: $11.12
  • Idaho: $11.20
  • South Dakota: $11.23
  • Utah: $11.24
  • New Hampshire: $11.32
  • Nebraska: $11.40
  • Montana: $11.42
  • Michigan: $11.57
  • Wyoming: $11.57
  • Nevada: $11.64
  • Illinois: $11.73
  • New Jersey: $11.77
  • Maine: $12.14
  • Maryland: $12.15
  • North Dakota: $12.18
  • Connecticut: $12.42
  • Rhode Island: $12.44
  • Minnesota: $12.48
  • Arizona: $12.52
  • Vermont: $12.60
  • Oregon: $13.25
  • Colorado: $13.31
  • New York: $13.37
  • Hawaii: $13.40
  • Massachusetts: $13.48
  • Alaska: $13.57
  • California: $13.89
  • Washington: $14.74
  • District of Columbia: $14.99

Some cashiering jobs — such as in restaurants and some retail locations — have disappeared due to the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find part-time work that you can do from the comfort of home.

As we reported last month, more than two dozen companies are offering such work. For more, check out “30 Companies Filling Part-Time Remote Jobs Amid the Pandemic.”

Part-time opportunities also abound for older workers, as you can discover in “20 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees.”

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