Receptionist Salary

A Receptionist earns an average wage of $11.95 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$20,291 - $41,393
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $30,025
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$9.12 - $15.88
(Median)
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,291 - $41,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,493  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $3,993  
Commission
$2.14 - $3,030  
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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$19,182 - $35,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,676
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.12 - $15.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.76  
Overtime
$10.34 - $24.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,493  
   
Commission
$2.14 - $3,030  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $3,993  
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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$19,182 - $35,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13,534
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Job Description for Receptionist

A receptionist is an employee who typically works at a larger company. He or she normally is the first person a visitor or customer may encounter at the site. Receptionists typically screen incoming phone calls, while taking and distributing messages to appropriate parties. They also greet visitors and inform company employees that persons have arrived for meetings or appointments.

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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 Receptionist

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,573

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Receptionist Reviews

What is it like working as a Receptionist?

Receptionist in McDonough:
"Under paid."
Pros: I like that we get to meet different kinds of people every day and help get their dream Car.
Cons: I don't like that a receptionist is suppose to know everything when Nothing is told to her. We don't get paid very well at all.

Receptionist in Novi:
"Review."
Pros: The work culture is pleasant, work flexibility is a big plus, office conditions, stress level, perks, the management are all very reasonable.
Cons: I do not like the fact that it is difficult for someone to fill in for me when needed but that is soon changing as we are getting a part time person to fill in.

Receptionist in Germantown:
"It's a very dynamic job."
Pros: I love the people I work with. I am an owner in the company. I get to build relationships with all employees. Flexibility for family matters. Terrific culture.
Cons: Feeling undervalued and dismissed as merely the person who answers the phone. Low pay in comparison to all other employees.

Receptionist in Greenville:
Pros: I love my coworkers and what I do. I work on referrals, scanning, answering phone, psychology receptionist, obtain authorizations, and call insurance companies. I also manage the stress and echo schedule.
Cons: It can be stressful at times.

Receptionist in Lexington:
"I get to meet many different types of people."
Pros: I love the atmosphere. It's relaxed and non-stressful. The other employees are great to work with. There are a few perks that go with the job such as the "Toys for Tots" banquet and cash bonuses for an above average sales month.
Cons: I have to stay by the phone unless I get someone to releive me for a break. Many times, no one is available to relieve be because they are busy with their own assignments.

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Experience Affects Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Receptionist Salaries

Office Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Insurance
up arrow 1%

Phone Support
0%

Scheduling
0%

Customer Relations
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Billing
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 2%

Filing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2755 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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