The average pay for a Receptionist is $12.12 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$20,438 - $43,369
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$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,431
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$9.37 - $16.18
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,438 - $43,369  
   
Bonus
$198.11 - $2,900  
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $4,789  
Commission
$1.86 - $3,091  
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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$19,761 - $36,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.37 - $16.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $2.49  
Overtime
$13.65 - $25.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$198.11 - $2,900  
   
Commission
$1.86 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $4,789  
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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$19,761 - $36,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9,363
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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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Popular Skills for Receptionist

Pay by Experience Level for Receptionist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,920

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Receptionist Reviews

What is it like working as a Receptionist?

Receptionist in Atlanta:
"Receptionist review."
Pros: I got to interact with customers every day. It was fast paced and always different. I loved being able to help others.
Cons: It sucked sometimes not being appreciated for all the hard work that you do. Being the hardest working in the company and the least paid. Getting yelled at by customers for something that was out of my control since I didn't own the company.

Receptionist in Mendota Heights:
"Great Experience."
Pros: The ability to administrate files, own desk, billing insurance and quote of benefits, providing customer service, and assisting staffs.
Cons: The hours and pay.

Receptionist in Bakersfield:
"Working as a receptionist is great!"
Pros: I enjoy talking & interacting with people. Helping them in anyway I can. Hours are flexible.
Cons: Office gossip.

Receptionist in Dallas:
"Receptionist Work."
Pros: Organizing the office and keeping busy multitasking both in the office and hands on in the field.
Cons: Your co-workers don't really appreciate all you do and take you for granted. The multitasking can become stressful and overwhelming.

Receptionist in Fullerton:
"More like an administrative assistants work."
Pros: I don't have someone micromanaging me. I know what I need to do and I get it done. I work independently and at my own fast pace.
Cons: I don't have any kind of relationship with my boss. In the three years that I've worked here I don't think she's ever asked me how my day was going or how school was going. I feel extremely unappreciated considering that I process and track an average of 75-100 orders on a monthly basis. I'm essentially a purchasing agent as well as a receptionist.

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Experience Affects Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Receptionist Salaries


Microsoft Excel
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Insurance
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Phone Support
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Customer Relations
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Scheduling
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Billing
0%

National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
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Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Filing
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Typing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1513 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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