Financial Institution Tellers, Clerks, and Related Workers

Financial institution tellers, clerks, and related workers perform many tasks in banks and other savings institutions. Tellers work at teller windows where they receive and pay out money, record customer transactions, cash checks, sell traveler's checks, and perform other banking duties. The most familiar teller is the commercial teller, who works with customers, handling check cashing, deposits, and withdrawals. Specialized tellers are also employed, especially at large financial institutions. Clerks' and related workers' jobs usually vary with the size of the institution. In small banks, a clerk or related worker may perform a combination of tasks, while in larger banks an employee may be assigned to one specialized duty. All banking activities are concerned with the safekeeping, exchange, record keeping, credit, and other uses of money. There are approximately 527,680 tellers, nearly 2.9 million general office clerks, and 1.6 million bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Perform a variety of tasks in banks and other savings institutions such as handling check cashing, deposits, and withdrawals from customers
Alternate Title(s) Bookkeeping Clerks, Collateral-and-Safekeeping Clerks, Collection and Exchange Tellers, Collection Clerks, Commercial Tellers, Commodity Loan Clerks, Discount Tellers, Foreign Banknote Tellers, Head Tellers, Interest Clerks, Letter of Credit Clerks, Paying and Receiving Tellers, Proof Machine Operators, Reserves Clerks, Wire Transfer Clerks
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
  • Computer
  • Financial
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Employers may require a drug test or background check
Career Ladder
  • Assistant Trust Officer
  • Head Teller or Teller Supervisor
  • Financial Institution Teller
  • File Clerk, or Transit Clerk, or Bookkeeping Clerk

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