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Working As A Front Desk Receptionist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Front Desk Receptionist Do

Receptionists perform administrative tasks, such as answering phones, receiving visitors, and providing general information about their organization to the public and customers.

Duties

Receptionists typically do the following:

  • Answer telephone calls and take messages or forward calls
  • Schedule and confirm appointments and maintain calendars
  • Greet and welcome customers, clients, and other visitors
  • Check visitors in and direct or escort them to specific destinations
  • Inform other employees of visitors’ arrivals or cancellations
  • Enter customer data and send correspondence 
  • Copy, file, and maintain paper or electronic documents
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and email

Receptionists are often the first employee of an organization to have contact with a customer or client. They are responsible for making a good first impression for the organization, which can affect the organization’s success.

The specific responsibilities of receptionists vary depending on where they work. Receptionists in hospitals and doctors’ offices may collect patients’ personal information and direct patients to the waiting room. Some may handle billing and insurance payments.

In beauty or hair salons, they schedule appointments, direct clients to the hairstylist, and may serve as cashiers.

In factories, large corporations, and government offices, receptionists also may provide a security function. For example, they control access, provide visitor passes, and arrange to take visitors to the proper office.

When they are not busy with callers or visitors, receptionists perform other office tasks, such as processing documents or entering data.

Receptionists use telephones, computers, and other office equipment such as scanners and fax machines.

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How To Become A Front Desk Receptionist

Although hiring requirements vary by industry and employer, receptionists typically need a high school diploma and good communication skills.

Education

Receptionists typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, and employers may prefer to hire candidates who have experience with certain computer software applications. Courses in word processing and spreadsheet applications can be particularly helpful.

Training

Most receptionists receive short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few days to a week. Training typically covers procedures for visitors, and for telephone and computer use. Medical and legal offices also may instruct new employees on privacy rules related to patient and client information.

Advancement

Receptionists may advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as secretaries and administrative assistants. Advancement opportunities often depend on the employee’s experience in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Receptionists must speak and write clearly so that others may understand them.

Customer-service skills. Receptionists represent an organization. As a result, they should be courteous, professional, and helpful toward the public and customers.

Integrity. Receptionists may handle client and patient data, especially in medical and legal offices. They must be trustworthy and protect their clients’ privacy.

Interpersonal skills. Receptionists should be comfortable interacting with people, even in stressful situations.

Organizational skills. Receptionists take messages, schedule appointments, and maintain employee files. They need good organizational skills to manage their diverse responsibilities.

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Front Desk Receptionist Career Paths

Front Desk Receptionist
Office Assistant Executive Assistant
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Legal Assistant Executive Assistant
Senior Administrative Assistant
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Store Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nanny Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Executive Administrative Assistant Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Executive Marketing Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Executive Customer Service Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Secretary Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Generalist
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Billing Specialist Medical Coder
Billing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Medical Coder Billing Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Secretary Billing Specialist Medical Coder
Billing Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Front Office Clerk 2.3 years
Receptionist 2.0 years
Front Desk Staff 1.7 years
Desk Receptionist 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Front Desk Receptionist
Cashier 17.9%
Server 5.4%
Internship 3.8%
Hostess 3.4%
Waitress 2.9%
Volunteer 2.4%
Manager 2.1%
Top Careers After Front Desk Receptionist
Cashier 13.8%
Server 6.6%
Internship 3.3%
Manager 2.5%
Waitress 2.3%
Hostess 2.2%
Volunteer 1.9%

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Front Desk Receptionist Demographics

Gender

Female

74.2%

Male

13.8%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

21.1%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.0%

French

5.8%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.2%

Chinese

2.0%

Arabic

1.9%

Mandarin

1.8%

Italian

1.7%

German

1.6%

Hindi

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Japanese

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Polish

0.8%

Korean

0.7%

Urdu

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%

Ukrainian

0.4%

Armenian

0.4%
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Front Desk Receptionist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.4%

Miami Dade College

9.9%

The Academy

6.4%

Everest Institute

5.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.3%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Broward College

5.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.2%

Houston Community College

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

Florida International University

4.0%

Ashford University

3.9%

Palm Beach State College

3.6%

Montgomery College

3.5%

Valencia College

3.4%

Liberty University

3.3%

College of Southern Nevada

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%

Strayer University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Health Care Administration

11.6%

Medical Assisting Services

9.7%

Nursing

7.8%

Psychology

7.2%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

General Studies

4.6%

Communication

3.7%

Accounting

3.5%

Cosmetology

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Biology

2.8%

Dental Assisting

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Hospitality Management

2.4%

English

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Management

2.1%

Marketing

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

38.8%

Bachelors

28.4%

Associate

17.4%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

3.5%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Part Time
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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Community National Bank & Trust
Highest Paying City
Kirkland, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Front Desk Receptionist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Front Desk Receptionist in the United States is $29,030 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $37,000.

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Top Skills for A Front Desk Receptionist

  1. Front Desk
  2. Customer Service
  3. Phone Calls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed telephone and front desk reception within a high-volume environment.
  • Received multiple reviews acknowledging my level of dedication to excellent customer service.
  • Used overhead paging system to make announcements, sound medical emergency codes, and alert parties to visitors and/or phone calls.
  • Check in/out of patients entailing copay/balance collections, scheduling appointments, chart pulling/filling/prep.
  • Manage the flow of patients, working with five physicians, which to optimize the level of patient care.

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