Receptionist Salary (United States)

A Receptionist earns an average wage of $11.76 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 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.
Receptionist Total Pay (?
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$20,339 - $40,076
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MEDIAN: $29,803
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Receptionist Total Pay (?
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$8.86 - $15.67
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,339 - $40,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,213  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $3,144  
Commission
$10.30 - $4,848  
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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$18,762 - $35,525  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,013
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $15.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.74  
Overtime
$7.35 - $24.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,213  
   
Commission
$10.30 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $3,144  
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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$18,762 - $35,525  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,013
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Job Description for Receptionist
A receptionist is the front line of contact with the public in an office setting. The job primarily involves greeting visitors and answering inquiries for the general public and customers. A receptionist also keeps a log of visitors and announces them to employees as necessary for appointments or other meetings. A receptionist will be able to operate a telephone switchboard in order to answer calls, screen calls, route calls, and relay messages. The job also includes administrative support tasks such as typing, proofreading, making calculations, preparing and processing outgoing mail, sorting and distributing incoming mail, and receiving deliveries at the front desk. A receptionist should be familiar with the basic use of office equipment such as computers (for email, internet orders, and word processors), fax machines, printers, scanners, copiers, and postage meters. A good candidate for this position will have a cheerful and professional demeanor, will speak English clearly in person and on the phone, and will function well in a fast-paced work environment. Previous experience as a receptionist, administrative assistant, or secretary would be ideal, but experience in customer service or retail will also be useful in preparing to become a receptionist, as those fields of work rely heavily on an ability to deal pleasantly with the public. No college degree is required, but a high school diploma or GED is typically preferred or even required. Office hours are usually Monday through Friday, from eight or nine in the morning until early evening (anywhere between four to six), and overtime is not often a factor when working as a receptionist.
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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Experience Affects Receptionist Salaries

National Average
$25,000

Skills That Affect Receptionist Salaries

Office Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Customer Service
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Phone Support
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Data Entry
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Customer Relations
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Microsoft Word
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Organizing
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Billing
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Insurance
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National Average
$25,000
Typing
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Filing
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Gender
Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 42%
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