Average Receptionist/Telephone Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Receptionist/Telephone Operator is $12.69.
MEDIAN $12.69
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $18
$246 - $1,526
Total Pay
$20,218 - $38,098

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Job Description for Receptionist/Telephone Operator

Receptionist/Telephone Operator Tasks
  • Answer calls originating from external and internal sources.
  • Handle all incoming urgent matters or emergencies for staff.
  • Write messages using proper grammar and spelling.
  • Verify names and telephone numbers.
  • Direct caller to appropriate extension.

Job Satisfaction for Receptionist/Telephone Operator

3.8 out of 5
Highly Satisfied

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Receptionist/Telephone Operator

Skills in Inbound Calls and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Administration, Data Entry and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Receptionist/Telephone Operator

An entry-level Receptionist/Telephone Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.92 based on 8 salaries. An early career Receptionist/Telephone Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.90 based on 56 salaries. A mid-career Receptionist/Telephone Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.79 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Receptionist/Telephone Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.96 based on 40 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $14.

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