Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
973,580 0.5 % $13.20 $27,450 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.82 $10.31 $12.70 $15.39 $18.35
Annual Wage (2) $18,330 $21,450 $26,410 $32,020 $38,170


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 195,550 8.08 $13.55 $28,190
Offices of Dentists 73,390 8.51 $15.55 $32,330
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 54,820 7.38 $12.45 $25,900
Personal Care Services 53,760 8.41 $10.73 $22,320
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 45,940 7.41 $12.51 $26,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 73,390 8.51 $15.55 $32,330
Personal Care Services 53,760 8.41 $10.73 $22,320
Offices of Physicians 195,550 8.08 $13.55 $28,190
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 45,940 7.41 $12.51 $26,020
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 54,820 7.38 $12.45 $25,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 270 0.04 $26.28 $54,660
Rail Transportation 70 0.03 $20.72 $43,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,790 0.28 $17.52 $36,450
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 60 0.66 $16.96 $35,290
Shoe Stores (8) (8) $16.85 $35,060


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 98,910 6.72 0.92 $14.39 $29,930
New York 85,190 9.87 1.34 $14.28 $29,700
Florida 74,080 9.94 1.35 $12.65 $26,300
Texas 57,210 5.24 0.71 $12.16 $25,300
New Jersey 48,480 12.69 1.73 $13.80 $28,700




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 48,480 12.69 1.73 $13.80 $28,700
South Dakota 4,620 11.47 1.56 $11.43 $23,780
Florida 74,080 9.94 1.35 $12.65 $26,300
New York 85,190 9.87 1.34 $14.28 $29,700
Kentucky 16,170 9.07 1.24 $11.97 $24,890




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 3,840 5.77 0.79 $17.00 $35,350
Alaska 2,470 7.64 1.04 $15.58 $32,410
Connecticut 12,570 7.69 1.05 $15.56 $32,370
Washington 19,870 7.03 0.96 $14.67 $30,510
Massachusetts 18,670 5.73 0.78 $14.42 $30,000





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 54,240 10.35 1.41 $14.70 $30,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 25,950 6.53 0.89 $13.97 $29,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 22,770 6.15 0.84 $14.01 $29,140
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 19,250 8.13 1.11 $14.93 $31,060
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 18,360 7.95 1.08 $13.47 $28,010
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 16,260 8.84 1.20 $13.60 $28,290
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 16,090 13.02 1.77 $14.53 $30,230
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 14,720 8.22 1.12 $14.23 $29,600
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,680 4.96 0.68 $12.86 $26,750
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 13,650 13.90 1.89 $13.56 $28,200