Front Desk Receptionist Salary

Women account for the majority of Front Desk Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.84 per hour. In the world of Front Desk Receptionists, total cash compensation ranges from $18K on the lower end to $36K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $2K and profit sharing that approaches $3K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $3K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the particular employer. The majority of Front Desk Receptionists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although about one-half lack health benefits of any kind, just under one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$19,984 - $47,052
$20K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,320
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$8.81 - $16.33
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MEDIAN: $11.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,984 - $47,052  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $2,451  
Profit Sharing
$4.21 - $2,770  
Commission
$98.63 - $2,534  
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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$18,497 - $36,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $16.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $2.05  
Overtime
$12.89 - $26.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$151.01 - $2,451  
   
Commission
$98.63 - $2,534  
Profit Sharing
$4.21 - $2,770  
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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$18,497 - $36,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,850

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Job Description for Front Desk Receptionist

Front desk receptionists perform a wide variety of front desk duties for an organization. They welcome and greet visitors or guests, ask if they have appointments and look at the schedule to confirm details of the visitors' appointments. They call the individuals that are expecting the visitors to let them know that they have arrived; if instructed, they direct the visitor to the appropriate location within the company. The front desk receptionist must follow all security procedures, as well as monitor the logbook of visitors and issue visitor badges if needed. They must maintain a clean reception area, as well as comply with their company’s procedures, rules and regulations at all times. Additionally, front desk receptionists must answer the phone at the front desk, routing calls and responding to questions.

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Front Desk Receptionist Tasks

  • Greet and answer inquiries for general public, customers and visitors; announce and log visitors.
  • Process outgoing mail and receive deliveries.
  • Perform administrative support tasks; proofreading, typing, operating calculators, facsimile machine and computers.
  • Operate telephone switchboard to answer, screen, route calls and relays messages.

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Front Desk Receptionists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Hotel General Manager. The average Hotel General Manager brings home $52K per year. A Front Desk Receptionist often moves on to become a Receptionist or an Administrative Assistant.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Front Desk Receptionist


Front Desk Receptionists flock to Holiday Inn Express, Best Western International, Inc., Massage Envy, YMCA, and Holiday Inn, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Best Western International, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $22K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Massage Envy, Hampton Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott, top-paying firms where Front Desk Receptionists rake in a solid $21K, $21K, or $21K, respectively.

Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $19K, $20K, and $21K.

Popular Skills for Front Desk Receptionist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Administration, Office Administration, Billing, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Service. Most people who know Phone Support also know Data Entry. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Scheduling, Data Entry, and Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Front Desk Receptionist

Pay by Experience for a Front Desk Receptionist has a positive trend. An entry-level Front Desk Receptionist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 1,391 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Front Desk Receptionist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 452 salaries. An experienced Front Desk Receptionist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 385 salaries. A Front Desk Receptionist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 157 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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▲11%

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National Average: $25,278

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Front Desk Receptionists, New York, Washington, and Boston, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Oklahoma City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Virginia Beach (15 percent less) and Buffalo (12 percent less).

Front Desk Receptionist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Front Desk Receptionist?

Front Desk Receptionist in New York City:
"Great ability to interact with the public."
Pros: Provide service and help others. Solve problems and distribute information about yoga. Talk to lots of different people and usually just help them accomplish their goal of taking classes.
Cons: Some stress at times. Some difficulty in knowing what the management is thinking or planning, little involvement of staff is changes that are planned or implemented.

Front Desk Receptionist in New Port Richey:
"Fast paced."
Pros: The management is understanding and flexible, good-natured coworkers and patients, work-at-home.
Cons: Stressful, too busy at times, and a lot of computer and phone problems.

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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Key Stats for Front Desk Receptionist

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 272 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Front Desk Receptionist Salaries

▲23%

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$25,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist Salaries




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Data Entry
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Customer Relations
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Typing
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National Average
$25,000

Microsoft Word
▼1%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 50%
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