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Receptionists and Information Clerk Salary Information

The salary statistics of receptionists and information clerks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of receptionists and information clerks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The receptionists and information clerks annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Receptionists and Information Clerk Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,080
25th Percentile Wage
$23,300
50th Percentile Wage
$28,390
75th Percentile Wage
$34,830
90th Percentile Wage
$40,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for receptionists and information clerks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) receptionists and information clerks is $40,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,080. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 103% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of receptionists and information clerks from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$28,390
1.66% 8.45%
2016
$27,920
2.22% -
2015
$27,300
1.98% -
2014
$26,760
1.31% -
2013
$26,410
1.59% -
2012
$25,990
- -

Table 2. Receptionists and Information Clerk Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of receptionists and information clerks in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for receptionists and information clerks occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $34,460. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $22,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$34,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$30,790
Wholesale Trade
$29,980
Construction
$29,920
Manufacturing
$29,890
Health Care and Social Assistance
$29,660
Mining
$29,410
Finance and Insurance
$29,370
Information
$29,300
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,880
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,860
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,210
Educational Services
$28,030
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,840
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$27,490
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,010
Retail Trade
$24,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,470
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,970

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Receptionists and Information Clerks by States

From the above tables we note that not only receptionists and information clerks salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of receptionists and information clerks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,290 to $35,630. The highest paying state for receptionists and information clerks is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $35,630. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,290. For more salary information of receptionists and information clerks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$35,630
Connecticut
$33,330
Alaska
$33,140
Washington
$32,150
Rhode Island
$31,660
New Jersey
$31,650
Vermont
$31,640
New York
$31,570
Hawaii
$30,650
California
$30,510
Colorado
$30,220
Massachusetts
$30,190
Maine
$30,150
Oregon
$29,970
New Hampshire
$29,870
Minnesota
$29,560
North Dakota
$29,370
Virginia
$28,770
Iowa
$28,430
Illinois
$28,190
Wisconsin
$28,180
Maryland
$28,150
Wyoming
$28,070
Arizona
$27,930
Michigan
$27,850
Nevada
$27,620
Montana
$27,520
Florida
$27,480
Georgia
$27,340
North Carolina
$27,290
Pennsylvania
$27,220
Indiana
$27,210
Idaho
$27,060
South Carolina
$26,790
Utah
$26,790
Nebraska
$26,760
Kansas
$26,630
Tennessee
$26,520
New Mexico
$26,200
Oklahoma
$26,170
Kentucky
$25,840
Texas
$25,660
Ohio
$25,570
Missouri
$25,560
South Dakota
$25,540
Delaware
$25,290
Mississippi
$25,150
Arkansas
$24,880
Alabama
$24,690
West Virginia
$24,290
Virgin Islands
$23,360
Louisiana
$23,030
Guam
$19,210
Puerto Rico
$18,290



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