Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
975,890 0.5 % $13.67 $28,430 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.17 $10.64 $13.12 $16.06 $18.92
Annual Wage (2) $19,070 $22,140 $27,300 $33,400 $39,350


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 196,860 7.84 $14.16 $29,450
Offices of Dentists 73,970 8.23 $15.74 $32,730
Personal Care Services 57,200 8.61 $11.17 $23,230
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 55,100 6.84 $13.13 $27,300
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 49,030 7.51 $13.06 $27,160

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 57,200 8.61 $11.17 $23,230
Offices of Dentists 73,970 8.23 $15.74 $32,730
Offices of Physicians 196,860 7.84 $14.16 $29,450
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 49,030 7.51 $13.06 $27,160
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 55,100 6.84 $13.13 $27,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 310 0.05 $27.74 $57,700
Rail Transportation 100 0.05 $24.33 $50,600
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $19.42 $40,380
Shoe Stores (8) (8) $18.30 $38,060
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 60 0.84 $17.90 $37,240


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 99,370 6.41 0.91 $15.07 $31,350
New York 86,300 9.61 1.36 $15.01 $31,220
Florida 76,570 9.66 1.37 $13.02 $27,070
Texas 54,840 4.74 0.67 $12.60 $26,220
New Jersey 50,290 12.87 1.82 $14.59 $30,360



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 50,290 12.87 1.82 $14.59 $30,360
South Dakota 4,480 10.83 1.53 $12.12 $25,200
Florida 76,570 9.66 1.37 $13.02 $27,070
New York 86,300 9.61 1.36 $15.01 $31,220
Rhode Island 4,000 8.49 1.20 $14.98 $31,160



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 4,330 6.41 0.91 $16.54 $34,400
Connecticut 13,010 7.84 1.11 $16.03 $33,340
Alaska 2,360 7.23 1.02 $15.70 $32,660
Massachusetts 19,510 5.74 0.81 $15.19 $31,590
Washington 21,390 7.17 1.01 $15.14 $31,500




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 66,800 10.31 1.46 $15.02 $31,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 26,370 6.43 0.91 $14.57 $30,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 23,480 6.58 0.93 $14.47 $30,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 19,720 8.16 1.15 $15.29 $31,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 19,000 7.66 1.08 $14.19 $29,510
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 17,550 13.75 1.94 $15.57 $32,390
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,990 4.77 0.67 $13.28 $27,630
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 13,930 12.07 1.71 $15.36 $31,940
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 13,460 7.16 1.01 $14.44 $30,040
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 12,560 8.24 1.16 $14.99 $31,170