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Tellers in California

May also be called: Bank Tellers; Member Services Representatives; Account Representatives; Customer Service Associates (CSA); Personal Banking Representatives; Roving Tellers; and Teller Coordinators

What Would I Do?

Tellers receive and pay out money and keep the records necessary in various banking and other financial transactions. They work in banks, savings and loan associations, personal finance companies, credit unions, check cashing businesses, and large businesses that operate credit offices.

Tellers may experience eye and muscle strain, backaches, headaches, and repetitive motion injuries, because they sit for extended periods while reviewing data and using computers. Many Tellers work regular business hours and a standard 40-hour week. Some weekend work is required, as banks expand their hours for the convenience of customers. Nationally, almost one-third of all Tellers work part time. Tellers are typically not unionized.

Will This Job Fit Me?

This job would appeal to those who enjoy public contact, feel comfortable handling large amounts of money, and who are discreet and trustworthy. This type of work appeals to those with conventional interests, who enjoy set procedures and routines, and who like working with data and details more than with ideas.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2017 for Tellers in California was $29,377 annually, or $14.12 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2017 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Banks and credit unions generally offer full-time and part-time Tellers medical and dental insurance, life insurance, paid holidays, as well as vacation and sick leave.

What is the Job Outlook?

Most job opportunities expected for Tellers will be to replace those who leave for other kinds of work or retire. Banks are now locating branch offices in grocery and other retail stores, which may have a positive impact on the need for more Tellers in the coming years.

How Do I Qualify?

Most Tellers have at least a high school diploma. Some banks require previous experience in an office or customer service environment. Once hired, Tellers generally train on the job.

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