How Much Pay an Hour Does a Receptionist Get?


When you walk into a doctor's office, legal office or nearly any large business, the receptionist is the person who greets you and connects you with the person you came to see. While it's not a high-paying job in terms of national averages, receptionists generally earn more than minimum wage.

Pay Based on Experience

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, receptionists across the United States made a median hourly wage of $12.70 as of May 2013. That translates to about $26,410 per year. Receptionists on the lower end of the pay scale earned an average of $8.82 per hour, while those on the higher end of the scale earned an average of $18.35 per hour. Since this is generally an entry-level job that requires only a high school diploma, the way to earn more is to gain experience in the field, or to stick with an employer for a while. As you gain experience with a certain employer, you may eventually be given more duties, which may warrant a raise.

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