A Front Desk Agent earns an average wage of $10.48 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$14,893 - $39,501
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MEDIAN: $24,647
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$8.76 - $14.46
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,893 - $39,501  
   
Bonus
$39.15 - $1,546  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$295.90 - $7,830  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,294 - $31,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $14.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.15 - $2.01  
Overtime
$12.91 - $22.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$39.15 - $1,546  
   
Commission
$295.90 - $7,830  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,294 - $31,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,231
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Job Description for Front Desk Agent

Front desk agents may also be called receptionists, secretaries, clerks, etc. and they work in a wide range of industries. While the typical office receptionist works normal business hours in a professional setting, front desk agents for other types of businesses may be working at any hour of the day or night, in a wide variety of places. Hotel clerks, hospital receptionists and emergency service desk agents, for example, are available around the clock.

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Front Desk Agent Tasks

  • Greet clients and walk-ins and provide information, assistance, and security.
  • Create, deliver, and explain bills and collect payments.
  • Explain pricing and room options over the phone and in person.
  • Assist clients with check-in, check-out, and other standard operations.
  • Handle and document complaints, problems, and concerns.

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Pay by Experience Level for Front Desk Agent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,310

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Front Desk Agent Reviews

What is it like working as a Front Desk Agent?

Front Desk Agent in Jacksonville:
"The job itself is a position, but its a dead end position."
Pros: Talking to the guests and getting to know people.
Cons: Room for advancement is no where and the pay sucks.

Front Desk Agent in Dayton:
"Its great but.."
Pros: I love the different people you get to mean from all over the world, I love putting a smile on each persons face. And when they com in without one I do my best to make sure their stay is well enough that they can at least walk out with one. The way I look at it to make it less stressful is by I didn't make the problem they come to me with, I'm the fixer of problems. So I just don't take it personally. Just make them happy.
Cons: The pay sucks, its not enough for what you are told to do. To make 200 guests happy alone is a challenge but to do it literally alone, thats not worth less than $10 an hour...

Front Desk Agent in Urbana:
"I love assisting guest everyday!"
Pros: I like putting a smile on a guest face! Assisting them in their needs of a busy work schedule or travel.
Cons: I do not like when a guest leaves unsatisfied with their stay.

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Experience Affects Front Desk Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%



National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Front Desk Agent Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Cash Handling
up arrow 2%

Sales
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$22,000

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

Phone Support
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Systems Computer/Console Operations
up arrow 3%

Typing
up arrow 3%

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

Problem Solving
up arrow 4%

Accounting
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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