Best Business Jobs

Receptionist: Salary

Job Profile
Overview
Salary
Reviews & Advice
Job Listings
Accountant
Administrative Assistant
Bill Collector
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Audit Clerk
Business Operations Manager
Cashier
Compliance Officer
Customer Service Representative
Executive Assistant
Financial Advisor
Financial Analyst
Financial Manager
HR Specialist
Insurance Agent
Loan Officer
Logistician
Management Analyst
Marketing Manager
Market Research Analyst
Meeting, Convention and Event Planner
Office Clerk
Operations Research Analyst
Real Estate Agent
Retail Salesperson
Sales Manager
Sales Representative
Telemarketer
All Rankings Lists »

Salary Outlook

The median annual salary for receptionists was $25,990 in 2012, or $12.49 an hour, according to the BLS. The best-paid in the profession earned $37,770, while the least-paid earned $18,120. The highest-paid receptionists work in the metropolitan areas of Champaign, Ill., San Francisco and Santa Rosa, Calif.

Job Salary Year
2004 $23,740.00
2006 $24,840.00
2008 $23,900.00
2010 $26,260.00
2012 $27,050.00

Average Receptionist Pay vs. All Business Jobs

Receptionists should have an innate ability to communicate with different types of people and exercise plenty of patience. But the average receptionist isn’t compensated well for those skills. The average salary of a receptionist in 2012 was $27,050, making it one of the lowest-earning professions among the Best Business Jobs. Receptions earn more than telemarketers ($25,570) but less than office clerks ($29,270), customer service representatives ($33,110), administrative assistants ($33,560) and bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks ($36,640).

Job Name Salary
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Audit Clerk $35,170.00
Administrative Assistant $32,410.00
Customer Service Representative $30,580.00
Receptionist $25,990.00
Telemarketer $22,330.00
Cashier $18,970.00

Best Paying Cities for Receptionists

The highest paid in the receptionist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Champaign, Ill., San Francisco, and Santa Rosa, Calif. The San Jose, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Oakland, Calif.

Champaign, Ill.

Average Salary: $38,130 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a receptionist working in Champaign, Ill. is $38,130, which is $12,140 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $36,780 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a receptionist working in San Francisco is $36,780, which is $10,790 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Average Salary: $34,740 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a receptionist working in Santa Rosa, Calif. is $34,740, which is $8,750 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $34,120 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a receptionist working in San Jose, Calif. is $34,120, which is $8,130 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, Calif.

Average Salary: $34,100 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a receptionist working in Oakland, Calif. is $34,100, which is $8,110 more than the average pay in the profession.

See Salaries

How much do receptionists make in your city?

Indeed job search

Powered by

Last updated by Evan Taylor.


Similar jobs you might be interested in...

$32,410 Average Salary

#79 in U.S. News Best Jobs

Reader Comments

Need a Job? See Who's Hiring

Receptionist Jobs Near

loading...

    See Other Job Listings

    Jobs by Indeed

    Online Degree Programs

    See schools with online programs in your chosen field in a few simple steps.

    Find Online Degree Programs

    U.S. News University Directory

    Follow U.S. News

    U.S. News Advisor Finder

    Looking for an advisor? Find a financial professional near you.