Cashiers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, cashiers rate their career happiness 2.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 1% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy cashiers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Retail salesperson
2.3
$23k
Insurance sales agent
2.3
$43k
Housekeeping cleaner
2.3
$25k
Janitor
2.2
$25k
Cashier
2.2
$21k
Insurance appraiser
2.1
$59k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are cashiers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do cashiers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as cashiers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are cashier’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are cashiers making the best use of their abilities?

Are cashiers happy with their salary?