Front Desk Receptionist Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Front Desk Receptionist is $11.18 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Front Desk Receptionist Salary (?
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$19,848 - $41,107
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MEDIAN: $29,710
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Front Desk Receptionist Salary (?
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$8.30 - $15.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,848 - $41,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,214  
Profit Sharing
$446.98 - $2,959  
Commission
$96.96 - $6,230  
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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$17,661 - $35,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 832
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $15.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $1.76  
Overtime
$9.74 - $24.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,214  
   
Commission
$96.96 - $6,230  
Profit Sharing
$446.98 - $2,959  
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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$17,661 - $35,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,819
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Job Description for Front Desk Receptionist

The front desk receptionist is the first line of contact with those who contact the office, including visitors, customers, and the general public. As the position requires a great deal of interaction with people, a socially outgoing and gregarious person would do well in the job. The receptionist will greet and respond to all manner of inquiries (in person, by phone, or by other means such as mail or email) from customers, visitors, and the general public, as well as announce visitors and keep a log of office guests. The ability to operate a telephone switchboard to answer, screen, and transfer calls as well as make outgoing calls are key elements of the job, as are taking down and relaying messages to coworkers when necessary. The receptionist will be responsible for administrative support duties that include the use of computers, calculators, and fax machines as well as other standard office equipment. The position requires mastery of typing and proofreading skills (impeccable English skills are a must), and the receptionist will also be asked to prepare and process outgoing mail and sign for deliveries that are brought to the office. The position is full-time, and the receptionist would be expected to work during normal business hours on weekdays, with occasional additional hours on weeknights to finish any extra administrative work that was not completed during standard hours. The front desk receptionist reports directly to the office manager, though the receptionist may be asked to complete tasks for other professionals in the office.
Front Desk Receptionist Tasks
  • Perform administrative support tasks; proofreading, typing, operating calculators, facsimile machine and computers.
  • Operate telephone switchboard to answer, screen, route calls and relays messages.
  • Greet and answer inquiries for general public, customers and visitors; announce and log visitors.
  • Process outgoing mail and receive deliveries.

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Pay by Experience Level for Front Desk Receptionist

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$25,000
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Front Desk Receptionist Reviews

What is it like working as a Front Desk Receptionist?
Front Desk Receptionist in Flint:
"Front Desk Receptionist/Accounts Receivable."
Pros: There are many great things about this job, but the most thing I think I like the best is the face-to-face contact with customers and the fact that it's a smaller company with fewer employees, so it's more intimate climate.
Cons: Ironically, the thing I like least, can also be the thing I like the best. Sometimes, the area I work in can bring in unsavory people and sometimes, I feel unsafe.

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Experience Affects Front Desk Receptionist Salaries

National Average
$25,000

Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Phone Support
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Customer Relations
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Data Entry
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National Average
$25,000
Scheduling
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Typing
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Filing
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Computer Service
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Customer Service
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Organizing
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Telephony
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 762 votes.

Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 46%