Bank tellers need good basic arithmetic skills and an orientation to detail for counting large sums of money with accuracy. A friendly manner, patience and a willingness to help customers are also essential. The job usually requires only a high school diploma, although some tellers have been to college. After hiring, tellers receive on-the-job training in banking software and bank services. Bank tellers averaged about $12 per hour in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Average Wages:

Nearly 500,000 tellers nationwide worked in banking institutions as of 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Their average hourly wage was $12.27, or $25,520 per year for a 40-hour week. About one-quarter of all tellers work part time. Full-time tellers usually work a five-day week, but some work on Saturdays.

Teller Salary Range:

Bank tellers make up approximately 90 percent of all tellers nationwide. The average teller in all industries had the same 2011 hourly wage as a bank teller, $12.27 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teller wages at the 10th percentile were $9.30 per hour or $19,350 per year. At the 90th percentile, tellers earned $16.30 hourly or $33,900 per year. This means that 80 percent of all tellers earned wages within this range.

Top-Paying states:

The estimated salary of a bank teller depends in part on location. Three states paid tellers in all industries more than $28,000 per year on average in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Alaska had the highest annual pay of $29,630 for a full-time teller, followed by Connecticut, at $28,900. Tellers in Massachusetts averaged $28,750 per year.

Job Distribution:

As of 2011, four states had at least 30,000 jobs for tellers in all industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. California had 54,710 tellers, more than any other state, earning an average of $27,250 per year. Texas came next, with 41,120 tellers averaging $24,060 annually. Florida had 32,050 tellers averaging $26,710 per year, and New York's 30,670 tellers averaged $26,510 per year.

Outlook and Advancement:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 1 percent increase in bank teller jobs between 2010 and 2020. Banks are no longer opening many new branches, and more customers are using online banking rather than banking in person. However, job prospects for tellers will be excellent because many tellers go on to other jobs. Advancement opportunities within the bank include jobs as supervisor, head teller or loan officer.

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