Big banks have faced heated public criticism for paying chief executives multimillion-dollar salaries and flush bonuses since the financial crisis. But little attention has been paid to wages for workers at the other end of the industry's spectrum — even as many tellers reportedly struggle to make ends meet.

The issue of bank teller pay is starting to attract public scrutiny. A report released late last year by the Committee for Better Banks, a coalition of community labor groups, made waves with the finding that almost a third of tellers and their families nationwide are on public assistance. With median pay for bank tellers hovering around $25,000 annually in 2012 and cost-conscious banks slashing tellers' hours or replacing them with ATMs, economists and labor advocates say it's hardly surprising these workers are having trouble paying the bills.

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