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Cashier Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Cashier make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
43,700 CAD
( 3,650 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Cashier in Canada typically earns around 43,700 CAD per year. Salaries range from 21,400 CAD (lowest) to 68,200 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Cashier salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Cashier Salary Distribution in Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Cashier
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Cashier salaries in Canada range from 21,400 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 68,200 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 44,600 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Cashier(s) are earning less than 44,600 CAD while the other half are earning more than 44,600 CAD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Cashier(s) are earning less than 29,700 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 29,700 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Cashier(s) are earning less than 57,600 CAD while 25% are earning more than 57,600 CAD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Cashier Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Canada Cashier
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Cashier salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Cashier with less than two years of experience makes approximately 25,400 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 32,700 CAD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 45,100 CAD per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Cashier(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 55,800 CAD per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 59,800 CAD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 63,800 CAD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Cashier average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
25,400 CAD
2 - 5 Years+29%
32,700 CAD
5 - 10 Years+38%
45,100 CAD
10 - 15 Years+24%
55,800 CAD
15 - 20 Years+7%
59,800 CAD
20+ Years+7%
63,800 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Cashier Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Cashier(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Canada Cashier
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Cashier salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Cashier is 32,700 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 46,700 CAD per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 64,500 CAD per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Cashier average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
32,700 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+43%
46,700 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+38%
64,500 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Cashier Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Cashier employees in Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

44,700 CAD
42,700 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Cashier Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

How much are annual salary increments in Canada for Cashier(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Cashier(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada Cashier
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Canada / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Cashier Bonus and Incentive Rates in Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada Cashier
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A Cashier is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Cashier Average Hourly Wage in Canada

21 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 21 CAD. This means that the average Cashier in Canada earns approximately 21 CAD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Cashier VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Cashier and Sales Retail and Wholesale yearly Canada
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The average salary for Cashier is 66% less than that of Sales Retail and Wholesale. Also, Sales Retail and Wholesale salaries are 9% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Officer73,900 CAD+69%
Area Sales Manager196,000 CAD+350%
Assistant Department Manager96,400 CAD+120%
Assistant Retail Store Manager109,000 CAD+150%
Branch Manager155,000 CAD+250%
Cashier43,700 CAD-0%
Cashier Manager97,500 CAD+120%
Depot Manager133,000 CAD+200%
Deputy Sales Manager132,000 CAD+200%
Distribution Director157,000 CAD+260%
Global Wholesale Manager272,000 CAD+520%
Head Cashier96,400 CAD+120%
Head of Retail183,000 CAD+320%
Head Teller90,600 CAD+110%
Inside Sales Executive132,000 CAD+200%
Inside Sales Representative81,200 CAD+86%
Inventory Manager133,000 CAD+200%
Key Account Manager140,000 CAD+220%
Medical Device Sales110,000 CAD+150%
National Customer Solution Specialist158,000 CAD+260%
Parts Salesperson79,100 CAD+81%
Project Development Manager152,000 CAD+250%
Project Manager162,000 CAD+270%
Purchasing and Sales Executive214,000 CAD+390%
Quotation Engineer74,800 CAD+71%
Relationship Manager166,000 CAD+280%
Retail Operations Manager139,000 CAD+220%
Retail Sales Associate110,000 CAD+150%
Retail Store Manager153,000 CAD+250%
Revenue Manager142,000 CAD+220%
Sales Account Manager169,000 CAD+290%
Sales Admin Executive181,000 CAD+310%
Sales Assistant56,800 CAD+30%
Sales Associate74,800 CAD+71%
Sales Consultant114,000 CAD+160%
Sales Coordinator79,000 CAD+81%
Sales Development Representative93,600 CAD+110%
Sales Engineer90,200 CAD+110%
Sales Executive152,000 CAD+250%
Sales Manager199,000 CAD+350%
Sales Officer79,400 CAD+82%
Sales Planning Analyst125,000 CAD+190%
Sales Representative78,000 CAD+78%
Sales Specialist117,000 CAD+170%
Sales Support55,300 CAD+26%
Sales Team Leader120,000 CAD+170%
Sales Trainer147,000 CAD+240%
Securities Sales Agent133,000 CAD+200%
Shipper / Receiver57,100 CAD+31%
Shop Manager130,000 CAD+200%
Store Development Administrator99,800 CAD+130%
Trade Marketing Officer139,000 CAD+220%
Treasury Officer117,000 CAD+170%
Vice President Sales188,000 CAD+330%
Visual Merchandiser70,400 CAD+61%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton46,300 CAD
Calgary48,400 CAD
Edmonton46,500 CAD
Gatineau41,300 CAD
Halifax43,800 CAD
Hamilton43,600 CAD
Kitchener42,900 CAD
Markham42,200 CAD
Mississauga46,300 CAD
Montreal48,100 CAD
Ottawa48,200 CAD
Quebec48,100 CAD
Regina42,500 CAD
Richmond40,600 CAD
Saskatoon40,200 CAD
Surrey43,000 CAD
Toronto47,100 CAD
Vancouver48,400 CAD
Vaughan44,200 CAD
Windsor42,500 CAD
Winnipeg44,600 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta48,400 CAD
British Columbia50,800 CAD
Manitoba44,800 CAD
New Brunswick42,000 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador39,800 CAD
Northwest Territories47,300 CAD
Nova Scotia43,200 CAD
Nunavut46,200 CAD
Ontario53,200 CAD
Prince Edward Island39,800 CAD
Quebec49,100 CAD
Saskatchewan46,000 CAD
Yukon41,000 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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