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Pay rates for a Walmart Cashier
Benefits for a part-time Walmart Cashier
Pros and cons of being a Walmart Cashier
Primary tasks for a Walmart Cashier
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Benefits for a full-time Walmart Cashier
About Walmart

Walmart Cashier jobs are among the most important positions at Walmart. For Walmart cashiers who enjoy working with customers, there is still a vital need for this position, even with most frequent automation of cashiers' duties.

Nearly three quarters (73 percent) of consumers preferred self-service technology, according to SOTI's Annual Connected Retailer Survey. While this tech option may reduce staff interaction for some, anyone who has ever used a self-checkout register knows that Walmart cashiers are still in need for various reasons (ex. coupons, overriding prices, button errors, money gift card activation, etc.)

Ironically, the convenience of technology such as the Scan & Go app didn't sit well with Walmart customers, regardless of how much of a hit it was with Sam's Club customers.

This is good news for aspiring Walmart cashiers who enjoy working with customers.

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To apply for a Walmart cashier position, visit Walmart's careers web site by clicking here.

Primary tasks for a Walmart cashier:

Everyday tasks for a Walmart cashier job include:

  1. Scanning store items
  2. Verifying product sales and clearance items
  3. Politely explaining a dispute in pricing
  4. Bagging items efficiently
  5. Collecting and counting cash back
  6. Storing and organizing return items for pickup
  7. Performing customer service (smile, greet and say "thank you" to customers)
  8. Keeping area clean and presentable
  9. Answering customer questions about product locations, aisles, pricing queries
  10. Being available for checkout in other departments

Pay rates for a Walmart cashier:

Depending on the city you live in, general minimum wage may be anywhere from $7.25 per hour to $10.35 per hour (as of 2018). According to Walmart's official site, Walmart cashiers earn a slightly higher minimum wage at $11 per hour.  That's an annual, guesstimated salary of $22,880 for a 40-hour workweek. Location, grade level and experience may raise those rates. The store's site also boasts that it promotes 400 people daily, and 40 percent of promotions go to first-year associates, such as Walmart cashiers.

Benefits for a part-time Walmart cashier:

Make sure your body, specifically your back and feet, are in tip-top condition as a front-end Walmart cashier.  In addition to health packages (vision, dental, medical, life insurance); stores offer the option of short-term and long-term disability during your initial enrollment period. Paid vacation days and 401(k) retirement programs are also options.

Part-time Walmart cashiers usually must work a minimum of 30 hours per week to be eligible for medical benefits, anticipate a 52-week wait period and wait a two-month grace period. So if you're hired on February 1, 2019, and work an average of 30 hours per week without a break in employment for 13 weeks or more, your medical coverage will start on April 1, 2020. Your spouse, domestic partner (together for a minimum of 12 months) and/or dependents (under the age of 26) are also eligible.

Benefits for a full-time Walmart cashier:

Unlike the part-timer (or temporary worker), full-time Walmart cashiers' initial enrollment period is between their first paycheck and one day prior to their 89th continuous, full-time employment date. So if you're hired on February 1, 2019, your medical coverage may start on April 30, 2019. The start date for medical coverage will be whichever is later between the first day of the calendar month or the eligibility date (i.e., the 89th day of work).

Benefits include medical HMO plans, vision, dental (two full calendar years), accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D), critical illness insurance and accident insurance. Short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, business travel accident insurance, and company-paid life insurance are also options after during initial enrollment.

If enrolling for any of the above outside of your initial enrollment period, cashiers may have to wait 12 months to sign up.

Pros and cons of being a Walmart cashier:

The good news for being on your feet four to eight hours (or more) as a Walmart cashier is the ability to get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise. For cashiers who are lifting items from carts, organizing their areas, pushing carts and other physical activity, this could lead to a 17 percent lower risk of early death.

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, sedentary life (and sedentary jobs) are hurting our health. For cashiers who are primarily standing, squatting, turning and reaching, exercise is a given. Compared to office jobs, this standing lifestyle also means breaks are more likely to involve physical activity. Sitting at a desk all day or skipping lunch is far less common for well-staffed stores with backup cashiers (and managers) to step in during each shift. 

The downside for Walmart cashiers who have back, foot or knee injuries, standing for prolonged periods of time may lead to further ailments. Comfortable foot attire and clothing are necessary to be able to do this job effectively and quickly. Yoga is highly recommended to improve posture. This fitness technique may also help to improve foot, ankle and calf stress. 

For Walmart cashiers who become disabled while employed, this may or may not affect earnings. Residual functional capacity (RFC), an assessment for the maximum mental and physical abilities you have, may influence potential Social Security payments. Depending on the store and availability, there may be options to move to other areas of the store should something unforeseen occur and cashier duties are no longer possible.

About Walmart:

Walmart employs more than 2.2 million people worldwide. What once was a single Rogers, Arkansas discount store in 1962 has skyrocketed into approximately 11,200 stores in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. With creator Sam Walton's goal of providing low prices and great customer service, these retail stores provide everything from groceries to auto service (in superstores). Out of more than 39,000 reviews on Glassdoor, cashier jobs are about average, with a 3.2 out of 5 rating. Fifty-eight percent of employees would recommend the store to friends.

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