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Receptionist Demographics in the US

The average employee age for receptionists is 40 years. The receptionist workforce reached a whopping 1,689,745 in 2020!

Among receptionists, we discovered that 81.6% of them are women, while 14.2% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among receptionists is White, which makes up 60.0% of all receptionists. Comparatively, there are 20.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of receptionists are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Receptionist Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 1,689,745 receptionists currently employed in the United States.
  • 81.6% of all receptionists are women, while only 14.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed receptionist is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of receptionists is White (60.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (20.5%) and Black or African American (12.2%).
  • The majority of receptionists are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Receptionists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • Receptionists are paid an average annual salary of $28,105.
  • San Jose, CA pays an annual average wage of $35,117, the highest in the US.
  • Receptionists average starting salary is $22,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid receptionists earn as much as $34,000 or more.
  • Washington is the best state for receptionists to live.
  • Receptionists are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Receptionist Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among receptionists is White, which makes up 60.0% of all receptionists. Comparatively, there are 20.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 60.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 20.6%
  • Black or African American, 12.2%
  • Asian, 3.7%
  • Unknown, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Receptionists

The chart below shows that 74.3% of receptionists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 5.9% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 2.1%.

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

Types of Receptionist Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for receptionists. The most common degree for receptionists is high school diploma. In fact, 25% of receptionists earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 21% and rounding it off is associate degree with 16%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 25%
  • Bachelors degree, 21%
  • Associate degree, 16%
  • Diploma degree, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 32%

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Receptionist Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ receptionists. We found that the most common company type is private. 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.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

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.

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Public

Private

Government

Education

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, retail and professional.

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Health Care

Fortune 500

Professional

Retail

Hospitality

Receptionist Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as receptionists. Keep reading to find out what the results for receptionists were.

Receptionist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among receptionists.

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

Receptionist Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
16%
13%
11%
8%
6%
3%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

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

Average Age of a Receptionist Based On Race And Gender

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

Male
Female

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

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 49% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Loan Secretary5%92%
Receptionist/Human Resources Assistant8%88%
Dental Receptionist8%88%
Receptionist14%82%
Auto Service Advisor81%18%
Courtesy Associate83%13%
Technical Service Advisor84%12%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Technical Service Advisor
Courtesy Associate
Auto Service Advisor
Receptionist
Dental Receptionist
Receptionist/Human Resources Assistant
Loan Secretary
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Public Services Assistant5.72%
Receptionist7.89%
Loan Inspector8.31%
Repair Order Clerk11.49%
Call Center Specialist12.31%
Flight Agent23.61%
Social Security Benefits Interviewer24.95%

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Receptionist Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$27,247
female-income
Female Income
$26,923

Receptionist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$28,734
$28,385
$28,037
$27,689
$27,341
$26,993
$26,645
$26,297
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Receptionist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$27,704
Some College/ Associate Degree$28,056
Bachelor's Degree$28,636
Master's Degree$30,161

Receptionist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$31,919
$31,040
$30,161
$29,282
$28,403
$27,524
$26,645
$25,766
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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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 $35,068. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Receptionists Earn The Most?

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 Located?

By looking through more than 568,828 resumes, we found that the most popular places for receptionists are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Receptionists

Where Are Receptionists In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country receptionists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings