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Receptionists Pay Salary

The median hourly wage of receptionists was $12.14 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.44, and the top 10 percent earned more than $17.75.

Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of receptionists in May 2010 were as follows:

Offices of dentists$13.91
Offices of physicians12.64
Educational services; state, local, and private12.59
Administrative and support services12.08
Personal care services9.40

Although most receptionists work full time, about 30 percent worked part time in 2010. Some receptionists, including those who work in hospitals and nursing homes, may have to work evenings and weekends.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition