Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
997,770 0.5 % $14.00 $29,120 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.39 $10.91 $13.42 $16.48 $19.41
Annual Wage (2) $19,530 $22,700 $27,920 $34,280 $40,380


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 200,320 7.96 $14.53 $30,220
Offices of Dentists 76,690 8.36 $16.16 $33,610
Personal Care Services 63,090 9.19 $11.51 $23,930
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 56,490 6.74 $13.50 $28,070
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 51,550 7.61 $13.51 $28,090

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 63,090 9.19 $11.51 $23,930
Offices of Dentists 76,690 8.36 $16.16 $33,610
Offices of Physicians 200,320 7.96 $14.53 $30,220
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 51,550 7.61 $13.51 $28,090
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 56,490 6.74 $13.50 $28,070

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 $27.51 $57,220
Rail Transportation 90 0.04 $22.45 $46,690
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 40 0.77 $19.13 $39,790
Other Financial Investment Activities 3,280 0.72 $17.60 $36,600
Other Information Services 320 0.13 $17.26 $35,900


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 106,030 6.64 0.93 $15.42 $32,080
New York 90,110 9.91 1.39 $15.60 $32,450
Florida 80,770 9.82 1.38 $13.52 $28,130
Texas 55,940 4.76 0.67 $12.69 $26,390
New Jersey 52,470 13.27 1.87 $15.11 $31,440




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 52,470 13.27 1.87 $15.11 $31,440
South Dakota 4,570 10.94 1.54 $12.34 $25,670
New York 90,110 9.91 1.39 $15.60 $32,450
Florida 80,770 9.82 1.38 $13.52 $28,130
Virginia 32,240 8.57 1.21 $14.21 $29,550




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 4,370 6.23 0.88 $16.96 $35,270
Connecticut 13,290 7.98 1.12 $16.08 $33,440
Alaska 2,670 8.25 1.16 $15.96 $33,210
New York 90,110 9.91 1.39 $15.60 $32,450
Rhode Island 3,850 8.10 1.14 $15.46 $32,160





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 69,930 10.62 1.49 $15.65 $32,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 29,200 6.92 0.97 $14.52 $30,200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 24,680 6.78 0.95 $14.60 $30,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 20,330 8.16 1.15 $15.72 $32,710
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 18,430 14.33 2.02 $16.45 $34,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 16,820 6.59 0.93 $14.70 $30,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 14,790 5.04 0.71 $13.14 $27,340
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 14,310 12.36 1.74 $15.72 $32,700
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 12,850 8.22 1.16 $15.86 $32,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 12,730 6.66 0.94 $14.61 $30,400