Receptionist Salary

The average pay for a Receptionist is $12.17 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$20,324 - $43,300
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$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,495
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$9.44 - $16.30
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MEDIAN: $12.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,324 - $43,300  
   
Bonus
$198.64 - $2,930  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $3,915  
Commission
$1.93 - $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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$19,876 - $36,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,516
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $16.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $2.47  
Overtime
$13.49 - $26.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$198.64 - $2,930  
   
Commission
$1.93 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $3,915  
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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$19,876 - $36,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9,021

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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

Pay by Experience for a Receptionist has a positive trend. An entry-level Receptionist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 6,555 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 2,836 salaries. An experienced Receptionist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 2,302 salaries. A Receptionist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 943 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,031

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

Receptionist Reviews

Q: 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.

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.

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Key Stats for Receptionist

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1449 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Receptionist Salaries

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▲6%

National Average
$26,000

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Skills That Affect Receptionist Salaries



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Scheduling
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Microsoft Word
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Billing
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National Average
$26,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1449 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 45%