Bank Teller  What They Do

Just the Facts


Receives and pays out money. Keeps records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution's various transactions.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Banking Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Cashes checks and pays out money after verifying that signatures are correct, that written and numerical amounts agree, and that accounts have sufficient funds.
  • Receives checks and cash for deposit, verifies amounts, and checks accuracy of deposit slips.
  • Enters customers' transactions into computers to record transactions and issues computer-generated receipts.
  • Balances currency, coin, and checks in cash drawers at ends of shifts and calculates daily transactions, using computers, calculators, or adding machines.
  • Examines checks for endorsements and to verify other information, such as dates, bank names, identification of the persons receiving payments, and the legality of the documents.
  • Counts 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.
  • Orders a supply of cash to meet daily needs.
  • Receives and counts daily inventories of cash, drafts, and travelers' checks.
  • Prepares and verifies cashier's checks.
  • Sorts and files deposit slips and checks.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

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