Teller

Help bank account holders make transactions and manage their money.

Quick Stats


Outlook
Good

Salary Range
$19,000 – $33,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tellers do?

As a Teller, or Bank Teller, you are the face of your financial institution. Working under a Head Teller, you’re the first person an account holder sees when making a deposit and or getting cash in exchange for a personal check. You are a trusted team member who deals with a lot of cash every day, whether behind a counter or at the drive-through window.

Each workday, you have a certain amount of cash in your drawer, and the necessary papers to document transactions. At closing time, a computer printout shows you how much cash came in through deposits and how much went out in withdrawals, along with the amount of cash that should be in your drawer. If the printout tally matches what’s in your drawer, your workday is over. If not, you’ll stay at the bank until you figure out what the heck happened.

You spend most of your 35- to 40-hour workweek standing while you deliver friendly, repetitive service to account holders. You take pride in being the bank’s first line of security, but your friendly attitude is often tested when customers balk at being asked for identification or insist their bank account is NOT overdrawn.

But if math is your strong suit and service with a smile your mantra, then working as a Bank Teller is right up your alley. Plus, you’ll have many opportunities for growth in the banking industry. Many seasoned Bank Tellers move up to Head Tellers, and a few college or employer-sponsored banking courses can land you a job as the Assistant Branch Manager.


Should I be a Teller?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Bank Teller, Collection Teller, Commercial Teller, Customer Relationship Specialist, Drive-in Teller See More

    How to become a Teller

    Most Tellers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|certificate+%2817%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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