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Entry-Level Front Desk Receptionist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Front Desk Receptionist earns an average wage of $10.44 per hour.
Entry-Level Front Desk Receptionist Salary (?
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$19,194 - $38,430
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $28,832
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Entry-Level Front Desk Receptionist Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$8.07 - $14.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$19,194 - $38,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $2,500  
Commission
$97.87 - $5,106  
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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$17,033 - $32,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $14.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $1.44  
Overtime
$10.01 - $23.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
   
Commission
$97.87 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $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).
)
$17,033 - $32,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,521
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Pay Difference By Location

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Dallas
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Seattle
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Minneapolis
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San Diego
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Houston
up arrow 11%
Fort Lauderdale
up arrow 10%
Los Angeles
up arrow 7%
Denver
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National Average
$23,000
Miami
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Chicago
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San Antonio
up arrow 7%
Charlotte
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Orlando
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Oklahoma City
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Front Desk Receptionist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Front Desk Receptionist in Stow:
"I wish I had known that we do not get any type of raise here."
Ask all the questions, even ask what the pay raises are based on, before you accept the job.
Front Desk Receptionist in Dallas:
"Sedentary."
You will spend much of the day sitting at the desk answering the phone lines. Occasionally getting up to stock the coffee area, guiding visitors to other offices, and showing technicians where the copier is.
Front Desk Receptionist in West Palm Beach:
"What Do You Get When You Give Your MOST."
Attitude is of the utmost importance. Get along with everyone and be pleasant and accommodating. Always SMILE even when answering phone because a smile can be "seen" from the caller.
Front Desk Receptionist in Taunton:
"It Is Challenging Because It Involves Lots Of Problem Solving."
Be cheerful, helpful, remember names(if not write them down) be proactive. Dress properly.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Front Desk Receptionist Salaries

Office Administration
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Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Phone Support
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Scheduling
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Customer Relations
0%
Computer Service
0%
National Average
$23,000
Data Entry
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Filing
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Organizing
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Telephony
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Typing
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 51%