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What Do Teller Do?

Job Description & Duties Receive and pay out money. Keep records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution’s various transactions.

What Do Tellers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Order a supply of cash to meet daily needs.
  • Compute financial fees, interest, and service charges.
  • Receive and count daily inventories of cash, drafts, and travelers’ checks.
  • Count currency, coins, and checks received, by hand or using currency-counting machine, to prepare them for deposit or shipment to branch banks or the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Sort and file deposit slips and checks.
  • Answer telephones and assist customers with their questions.

Things a Teller Should Know How to Do

These are the skills Tellers say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Other Teller Job Titles

  • Banker
  • Customer Relationship Specialist
  • Foreign Banknote Teller
  • Cashier
  • Retail Banker

Teller Employment Estimates

There were about 502,700 jobs for Teller in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Teller. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 51,500 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Teller are Utah, Arizona, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Illinois, or Pennsylvania. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Teller Make?

The salary for Tellers ranges between about $22,250 and $39,110 a year.


Tellers who work in District of Columbia, Washington, or Maryland, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Tellers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $27,830
Alaska $30,710
Arizona $30,370
Arkansas $25,640
California $32,120
Colorado $30,810
Connecticut $33,360
Delaware $30,670
District of Columbia $35,790
Florida $32,140
Georgia $30,670
Hawaii $32,050
Idaho $28,660
Illinois $29,860
Indiana $27,900
Iowa $28,480
Kansas $28,150
Kentucky $27,770
Louisiana $27,850
Maine $30,080
Maryland $32,330
Massachusetts $32,860
Michigan $30,150
Minnesota $30,270
Mississippi $27,380
Missouri $27,800
Montana $28,760
Nebraska $29,620
Nevada $30,050
New Hampshire $29,780
New Jersey $32,950
New Mexico $27,050
New York $31,680
North Carolina $32,100
North Dakota $31,800
Ohio $28,990
Oklahoma $26,240
Oregon $30,390
Pennsylvania $29,360
Rhode Island $31,520
South Carolina $30,490
South Dakota $27,230
Tennessee $28,100
Texas $28,710
Utah $27,800
Vermont $30,850
Virginia $31,220
Washington $34,240
West Virginia $26,220
Wisconsin $28,870
Wyoming $28,810

What Tools & Technology do Tellers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Tellers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • IBM Notes
  • Sage 50 Accounting
  • Internet browser software
  • Accounting software
  • Hyland Software OnBase

Becoming a Teller

What education or degrees do I need to become a Teller?


How Long Does it Take to Become a Teller?


Tellers Sector


The table below shows the approximate number of Tellers employed by various industries.


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Those thinking about becoming a Teller might also be interested in the following careers:

Career changers with experience as a Teller sometimes find work in one of the following fields:


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