Will "Cashiers" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's highly likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 92% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

You are doomed

or 97% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $11.37 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 669 out of 707

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Job description

Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.

SOC Code: 41-2011

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Tortilla (Highly likely) says
If there was a definitely option I would pick it because there's no way this won't be automated. It's easy to do (there are already self-checkouts) and its way cheaper than paying people.
Jul 11, 2020 at 06:55 AM
Dick Hurtz (Highly likely) says
There Is a high chance that cashiers will be replaced by automation as today we have online shopping becoming more and more popular and also people going "anti-cash", so as technology advances more and more that chance will go up.
May 23, 2020 at 03:21 AM
M says
Iā€™m a cashier I hope I get replaced I seriously hate my boss
Apr 20, 2020 at 06:39 PM
Jen Leonard (Highly likely) says
Many cashiers have already been replaced by self checkouts.
Mar 25, 2020 at 01:02 PM
Elliott (No chance) says
Robots might severely cut down on the number of people employed as cashiers, but I doubt they can effectively replace human cashiers entirely. Only the human cashier still has the ability to ensure that the food went to the correct customer, as while a robot might blindly just give away food to a dishonest person who didn't purchase the meal.

So, there would still need to be at least one human employed in every restaurant to handle complaints by customers who didn't get their orders -- such as the manager.
Mar 07, 2020 at 10:28 PM
lol says
Fucking ***holes took my job 2 years at jack in the box
Feb 19, 2020 at 05:57 PM
Darian Mongiovi says
I work in retail and I have some some ideas about why automation hasn't already taken over.

1. Retail businesses may not have the profit margins to invest in robots/kiosks, the risk of this investment simply does not outweigh potential gains from it.

2. People are stupid and need help. People get frustrated already with kiosks, between finding things, coupon issues, questions about products, getting heavy things to vehicles. In a lot of retail settings cashiers double as customer service. Tech is ever evolving and it is hard for the average person to keep up, you would not believe how often I have to explain to people how to simply use there credit card.

3. Human to Human communication has a very large impact of returning customers. friendliness ratings have a very significant effects on weather or not a customer returns. robots simply cant recreate this.

4. retail businesses are constantly changing hands. When owners change so does the tech solutions, and integrating systems from different companies has caused many costly problems for retailers. Adding robots that run on these complicated inventory systems is just one more thing that can go wrong and potentially cause far more losses than the cost of an employee.

5. Tech is a business and the wouldn't be pushing for automation in retail without the potential for future profits. competition would lead to planned obsolescence and a lack of industry standards. This will mean that automation will not only be a huge investment, but will also come with routine costs to run. In the long run it may not be at all cheaper to replace minimum wage employees, If it made fiscal sense why hasn't macdonalds already done it? Big companies would have made the transition long ago if it was a guaranteed way to raise profits.
Feb 03, 2020 at 12:23 AM
iz me Alex (Highly likely) says
I can definitely see robots taking over cashiers! No more chatty cashiers LOOOOOL
Jan 16, 2020 at 07:27 PM
Smol bean (Highly likely) says
Well I mean, every grocery store I go to there is almost always a self-checkout so... It's very likely the job will be taken over by robots.
Jan 01, 2020 at 04:41 PM
Kaler (Small chance) says
People need jobs and these will always be available
Dec 13, 2019 at 02:59 PM
Michael says
Jul 04, 2020 at 12:46 AM
Donovan Briggs (Highly likely) says
I am literally certain no doubt they will be taken by automation.
Dec 09, 2019 at 01:51 AM
collin (Likely) says
I'm a cashier, they are starting to replace a lot of the registers with self check out, and also getting rid of a lot of my co workers.
Nov 14, 2019 at 07:35 PM
Bud says
Yeah, cashiers are doomed. People already don't like to interact with other people while shopping.
Apr 15, 2020 at 04:38 PM
Drone_Better (Highly likely) says
Self-serving already exists, we're going to adopt it more and it will get better.
Nov 01, 2019 at 12:31 PM
Danxngo says
this is so sad "ha ha ha"
Oct 12, 2019 at 09:29 PM
R (No chance) says
People can't read even those with masters degree
Aug 14, 2019 at 04:27 PM
hi says
Jul 31, 2019 at 05:23 PM
J says
There are already lots of order machines in Mcdonalds.
Jul 15, 2019 at 09:57 PM
Sarah (Likely) says
Online shopping is just becoming a big trend now. So I think cashiers would be likely laid off for that reason.
Jun 25, 2019 at 09:55 PM

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