Updated August 22, 2022

Average Receptionist Salary

$14.70hourly

$30,571 yearly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$30,571
Median
$38,000
90 %

How much does a Receptionist make?

Receptionists make $30,571 per year on average, or $14.7 per hour, in the United States. Receptionists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $38,000.

Location impacts how much a receptionist can expect to make. Receptionists make the most in Massachusetts, Washington, New York, Connecticut, and California.

Highest Paying States For Receptionists

The darker areas on the map show where receptionists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Receptionist average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Washington$33,951$16.32655
2Connecticut$33,702$16.20335
3New York$33,807$16.251,248
4Massachusetts$34,278$16.48751
5Maine$31,310$15.05114
6New Jersey$32,262$15.511,111
7Rhode Island$33,120$15.9290
8Alaska$31,677$15.2365
9New Hampshire$32,018$15.39117
10Pennsylvania$29,358$14.11972
11California$33,454$16.082,429
12Arizona$28,873$13.88706
13Michigan$28,106$13.51672
14Nevada$28,941$13.91178
15Minnesota$29,867$14.36549
16Vermont$32,535$15.6436
17Oregon$30,869$14.84319
18Iowa$27,091$13.02564
19Hawaii$31,194$15.0074
20Missouri$27,986$13.45491
21South Dakota$27,842$13.3980
22Illinois$29,282$14.08941
23District of Columbia$34,694$16.6865
24Utah$27,299$13.12264
25Colorado$29,719$14.29425
26Texas$26,965$12.961,687
27Indiana$26,644$12.81536
28Wisconsin$27,037$13.00421
29Maryland$30,594$14.71448
30North Dakota$27,900$13.4138
31Tennessee$25,710$12.36520
32Delaware$27,299$13.12103
33Kansas$26,669$12.82230
34Kentucky$26,286$12.64297
35Florida$25,992$12.502,221
36Montana$25,659$12.34121
37Ohio$26,007$12.50726
38West Virginia$25,496$12.26103
39North Carolina$26,689$12.83544
40New Mexico$26,621$12.80114
41Virginia$27,239$13.10570
42Nebraska$26,168$12.58168
43Wyoming$26,501$12.7430
44Georgia$25,869$12.44810
45Oklahoma$25,622$12.32182
46South Carolina$25,849$12.43279
47Idaho$25,741$12.38107
48Arkansas$24,635$11.84135
49Alabama$24,039$11.56250
50Louisiana$24,030$11.55175
51Mississippi$23,209$11.16121

Highest Paying Cities For Receptionists

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Washington, DC$34,708$16.69
2Boston, MA$34,245$16.46
3San Francisco, CA$34,223$16.45
4Des Moines, WA$34,145$16.42
5Rochester, NY$34,142$16.41
6Rochester, NH$31,984$15.38
7Washington, NJ$31,527$15.16
8Portland, ME$31,375$15.08
9Portland, OR$30,778$14.80
10Baltimore, MD$30,766$14.79
11Minneapolis, MN$29,882$14.37
12Boulder, CO$29,742$14.30
13Philadelphia, PA$29,526$14.20
14Chicago, IL$29,337$14.10
15Phoenix, AZ$28,876$13.88

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Boston, MA
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Des Moines, WA
  5. Rochester, NY

Receptionist Salary Details

Average Receptionist Salary Graph
Average Receptionist Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Receptionist's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18
75th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
Average$30,571$2,548$15
25th Percentile$27,000$2,250$13
10th Percentile$24,000$2,000$12

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Support Clerk$35,159$2,930$16.90163,168
Clerk$31,163$2,597$14.9880,311
Front Office Clerk$31,051$2,588$14.93163,789
Office Clerk$30,927$2,577$14.87106,497
General Office Clerk$30,034$2,503$14.44160,597
Front Desk Coordinator$31,667$2,639$15.22119,803

Which Companies Pay Receptionists The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Gensler and Cornerstone Research are the highest paying companies for receptionists.

How Much Do Receptionists Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a receptionist salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The finance industry pays receptionists an average salary of $31,030

  2. The government industry pay $30,662

  3. The lowest paying industry for receptionists is the real estate industry. Receptionists in this industry earn an average salary of $27,031

Highest Paying Industries For Receptionists

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Finance$31,030$14.92
2Government$30,662$14.74
3Professional$30,548$14.69
4Manufacturing$30,368$14.60
5Health Care$30,299$14.57
6Hospitality$29,467$14.17
7Retail$28,845$13.87
8Real Estate$27,031$13.00

High Paying Receptionist Jobs

Receptionist Salary Trends

The salary for a receptionist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $24,625, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $30,571 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $41,392. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Receptionist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Receptionist Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$30,600$14.70+3.4%
    2021$29,500$14.20+3.0%
    2020$28,600$13.77+2.6%
    2019$27,900$13.41+1.7%
    2018$27,400$13.19+2.2%

    Recently Added Receptionist Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    National Healthcare CorporationReceptionistGlasgow, KY07/26/2022$20,870
    CarcoReceptionistExton, PA07/26/2022$36,000
    Workforce LogiqReceptionistChicago, IL07/26/2022$58,436
    Performance Automotive NetworkReceptionist-Performance Honda FairfieldFairfield, OH07/26/2022$27,131
    Brookdale Senior LivingReceptionistWilton, CT07/26/2022$27,131
    NextaffReceptionistTualatin, OR07/26/2022$35,479
    Brookdale Senior LivingReceptionistDenver, CO07/26/2022$33,121
    The Salvation ArmyReceptionistReading, PA07/26/2022$29,218
    Abs KidsReceptionistCottonwood Heights, UT07/26/2022$33,392
    General RV CenterSales ReceptionistElizabethtown, PA07/26/2022$29,218

    Receptionist Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Receptionists The Most?

    Massachusetts pays Receptionists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $34,694 per year, or $16.68 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Receptionist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Receptionist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Massachusetts you should be paid close to $34,278 per year.

    What Type Of Receptionist Gets Paid The Most?

    Support Clerk gets paid the most. Support Clerk made a median salary of $35,159. The best-paid 10 percent make $44,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $27,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For A Receptionist?

    A good starting salary for a receptionist is $24,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a receptionist in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for receptionists is $29,180, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a receptionist can vary by state.

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