Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for receptionists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 1,532,853 receptionists currently employed in the United States.
  • 91.6% of all receptionists are women, while 8.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed receptionist is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of receptionists is White (54.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (23.5%), Black or African American (10.7%) and Asian (6.1%).
  • Receptionists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The finance industry is the highest-paying for receptionists.
  • 6% of all receptionists are LGBT.

Receptionist Statistics By Gender

91.6% of receptionists are women and 8.4% of receptionists are men.

  • Female, 91.6%
  • Male, 8.4%

Receptionists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female91.6%
Male8.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Receptionist

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$31,936
female-income
Female Income
$31,112

Receptionist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the receptionist position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Receptionist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
20107.29%92.71%
20117.79%92.21%
20126.87%93.13%
20137.75%92.25%
20147.49%92.51%
20158.04%91.96%
20167.56%92.44%
20178.03%91.97%
20188.90%91.10%
20197.48%92.52%
20207.43%92.57%
20218.41%91.59%

Receptionist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, technical service advisor and courtesy associate have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Loan Secretary4%96%
Dental Receptionist5%95%
Receptionist Secretary6%94%
Receptionist8%92%
Lead Ramp Agent86%14%
Courtesy Associate88%12%
Technical Service Advisor89%11%

Receptionist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among receptionists is White, which makes up 54.4% of all receptionists. Comparatively, there are 23.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 54.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 23.5%
  • Black or African American, 10.7%
  • Asian, 6.1%
  • Unknown, 4.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Receptionist Race

Receptionist RacePercentages
White54.4%
Hispanic or Latino23.5%
Black or African American10.7%
Asian6.1%
Unknown4.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.8%

Receptionist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among receptionists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Receptionist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201061.31%11.31%4.77%19.97%
201160.47%11.70%4.98%19.74%
201260.31%11.32%4.92%20.29%
201359.41%11.64%5.03%20.43%
201459.58%11.34%5.06%20.70%
201557.84%11.88%5.20%21.82%
201658.47%11.69%5.02%21.45%
201756.85%11.07%5.90%22.72%
201857.19%11.56%5.33%22.38%
201958.26%10.53%5.78%22.25%
202056.13%10.53%5.91%22.27%
202154.37%10.69%6.08%23.50%

Receptionist Wage Gap By Race

Asian receptionists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White receptionists have the lowest average salary at $31,591.
$33,000
$32,000
$31,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$31,876
White$31,591
Black or African American$32,003
Asian$32,380
Hispanic or Latino$31,835

Average Age of a Receptionist

We determined the average age of receptionists based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Receptionist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American3842
Unknown3037
Asian3138
Hispanic or Latino2933
White3545
American Indian and Alaska Native38

Receptionist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of receptionist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of receptionists is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Receptionist Age

Receptionist YearsPercentages
40+ years52%
30-40 years20%
20-30 years26%

Types of Receptionist Degree Levels

The most common degree for receptionists is high school diploma 33% of receptionists earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 28% and rounding it off is associate degree with 22%.

  • High School Diploma, 33%
  • Bachelors, 28%
  • Associate, 22%
  • Diploma, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 9%

Receptionists By Education

Receptionist DegreePercentages
High School Diploma33%
Bachelors28%
Associate22%
Diploma8%
Other Degrees9%

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Receptionist Wage Gap By Education

Receptionists with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $32,779 annually. With a Masters degree, receptionists earn a median annual income of $32,296 compared to $31,875 for receptionists with an Associate degree.
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
$31,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$31,137
Master's Degree$32,296
Bachelor's Degree$32,779
Some College/ Associate Degree$31,875

Receptionist Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where receptionists work. We found most receptionists work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most receptionists is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire receptionists.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Receptionist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees16%
100 - 500 employees19%
500 - 1,000 employees9%
1,000 - 10,000 employees25%
> 10,000 employees26%

The Types Of Companies Receptionist Work In

Employees with the receptionist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most receptionists prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Receptionist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education6%
Public23%
Private69%
Government1%

Top Industries Hiring Receptionists

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ receptionists. Those industries include health care, professional and retail.

Health Care

Professional

Fortune 500

Retail

Finance

Receptionist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Receptionist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of receptionists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Receptionist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearReceptionist Unemployment Rate
201011.66%
201111.10%
20129.94%
20139.44%
20147.52%
20156.66%
20165.99%
20175.17%
20185.35%
20194.18%
20206.41%
20216.31%

The Average Number of Years That Receptionist Stay in a Job

By looking over 568,828 receptionists resumes, we figured out that the average receptionist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 36%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Receptionist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year35%
1-2 years36%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years10%
8-10 years3%
11+ years3%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Receptionists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to receptionists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Receptionist6.38%-
Tenant Selector6.73%4,356
Client Services Professional7.19%120,316
Document Clerk8.60%99,244
Commercial Credit Reviewer8.99%32,691
Pager11.16%103
Human Resources Secretary15.31%49,749

Receptionist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Tenant Selector6.73%4,356
Client Services Professional7.19%120,316
Document Clerk8.60%99,244
Commercial Credit Reviewer8.99%32,691
Pager11.16%103
Human Resources Secretary15.31%49,749

Foreign Languages Spoken By Receptionists

The most common foreign language among receptionists is Spanish at 74.3%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 5.9% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 2.1%.

  • Spanish, 74.3%
  • French, 5.9%
  • Portuguese, 2.1%
  • Russian, 1.8%
  • German, 1.6%
  • Other, 14.3%

Receptionist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish74.3%
French5.9%
Portuguese2.1%
Russian1.8%
German1.6%
Other14.3%

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Receptionist Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a receptionist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of receptionists is $41,392. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Receptionists Earn The Most?

Receptionists earn the most in Massachusetts, where the average receptionist salary is $34,278. The map here shows where receptionists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Receptionists In High Demand?

Receptionists are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 177 job openings for receptionists here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country receptionists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Receptionist Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Receptionists Are Female?

85.1% of receptionists are female in the United States. This is 2.5 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female receptionists has decreased by -0.4 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 1,437,972 female receptionists in the U.S. and 251,773 male receptionists in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 1,689,745 people with the specific job title of receptionist and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Receptionist Are There In The Us?

There are over 1,532,853 Receptionists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Receptionists Are Black?

10.7% of Receptionists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Receptionists?

Most a are White, with 54.4% of Receptionists belonging to this ethnicity. 23.5% of Receptionists are Hispanic or Latino, 10.7% of Receptionists are Black or African American, 6.1% of Receptionists are Asian, 4.5% of Receptionists are Unknown, and 0.8% of Receptionists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Receptionist Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Receptionist jobs are not male - dominated. 91% of Receptionists are female, and 8% are male, so there are more female Receptionists than male Receptionists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Receptionist?

The average Receptionist is 42 years old. 52% of Receptionists are 40+ years old or older, 20% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 26% are between 20-30 years old

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