Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks

Answer inquiries and provide information to the general public, customers, visitors, and other interested parties regarding activities conducted at establishment and location of departments, offices, and employees within the organization. Excludes "Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service" (43-2011).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
997,080 0.5 % $12.63 $26,260 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.44 $9.93 $12.14 $14.68 $17.75
Annual Wage (2) $17,560 $20,650 $25,240 $30,540 $36,910


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 179,330 7.76 $12.87 $26,760
Offices of Dentists 65,530 7.96 $14.35 $29,840
Personal Care Services 51,660 8.52 $10.07 $20,940
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 47,610 7.15 $11.91 $24,770
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 42,540 7.35 $12.03 $25,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 51,660 8.52 $10.07 $20,940
Offices of Dentists 65,530 7.96 $14.35 $29,840
Offices of Physicians 179,330 7.76 $12.87 $26,760
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 42,540 7.35 $12.03 $25,030
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 47,610 7.15 $11.91 $24,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 300 0.04 $25.95 $53,970
Tobacco Manufacturing 50 0.28 $16.11 $33,520
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,310 0.37 $15.70 $32,650
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,680 0.27 $15.39 $32,010
Other Financial Investment Activities 3,070 0.92 $15.25 $31,720


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 98,430 7.03 0.90 $13.85 $28,810
New York 85,570 10.26 1.31 $13.63 $28,350
Florida 72,920 10.26 1.31 $12.17 $25,310
Texas 62,640 6.21 0.79 $11.88 $24,720
Pennsylvania 49,240 8.98 1.15 $12.40 $25,780




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 48,490 12.86 1.64 $13.16 $27,370
South Dakota 4,710 12.14 1.55 $10.82 $22,500
Louisiana 19,240 10.50 1.34 $10.78 $22,430
Florida 72,920 10.26 1.31 $12.17 $25,310
New York 85,570 10.26 1.31 $13.63 $28,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 6,340 9.91 1.26 $16.60 $34,530
Connecticut 13,660 8.55 1.09 $15.27 $31,760
Hawaii 3,900 6.82 0.87 $14.37 $29,880
Alaska 2,950 9.57 1.22 $14.36 $29,870
Massachusetts 19,330 6.20 0.79 $13.93 $28,970

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 53,830 10.80 1.38 $13.98 $29,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 27,060 7.09 0.90 $13.53 $28,140
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 26,740 7.55 0.96 $13.36 $27,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 19,440 8.49 1.08 $14.80 $30,780
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 18,480 10.24 1.31 $13.97 $29,060
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 16,700 13.89 1.77 $13.82 $28,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 15,120 6.05 0.77 $12.61 $26,230
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 13,470 8.03 1.02 $14.04 $29,200
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 13,300 13.82 1.76 $13.09 $27,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 13,060 7.76 0.99 $13.36 $27,790




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 7,040 14.10 1.80 $13.11 $27,270
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 16,700 13.89 1.77 $13.82 $28,740
Sioux Falls, SD 1,830 13.83 1.76 $11.35 $23,620
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 13,300 13.82 1.76 $13.09 $27,230
Rapid City, SD 780 13.31 1.70 $10.69 $22,230
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 560 12.71 1.62 $13.76 $28,610
Provo-Orem, UT 2,120 12.65 1.61 $10.52 $21,880
Ocala, FL 1,120 12.57 1.60 $11.35 $23,600
Hot Springs, AR 440 12.41 1.58 $10.14 $21,080
Ocean City, NJ 470 12.38 1.58 $11.38 $23,680