Hotel Receptionist Salary

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Also called desk clerks, hotel receptionists perform a variety of essential functions. They greet guests and accept payment, and they also field phone calls in case a patron needs anything. They keep records of which rooms are occupied and which are vacant. Most hotel receptionist jobs require no formal education beyond high school.

National Average Pay

As of 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that hotel receptionists earned an average of $10.56 an hour and $21,960 per year. Half of hotel receptionists in the United States reported hourly wages of between $8.65 and $11.59 and annual salaries ranging from $17,990 to $24,110. The highest-paid 10 percent of hotel receptionists earned $14.53 or more per hour and $30,220 or more per year.

Pay by Location

At $35,930 per year, hotel receptionists in Hawaii reported a much higher average salary than those in any other state, which is perhaps unsurprising given the many expensive resorts that dot the islands. Other high-paying states for this occupation included the District of Columbia at $31,420, New York at $29,460, and Nevada at $29,460. Arkansas reported the lowest average salary for this occupation, $18,010 per year.

Pay vs. Other Clerks

According to the BLS, hotel desk clerks tend to make far less than other types of information clerks. For example, while hotel receptionists averaged just $21,960 a year, file clerks reported an average salary of $28,030. Correspondence clerks earned an average of $36,920, while court and municipal clerks reported an average annual salary of $36,950. Reservation and ticket agents in the transportation industry earned an average of $33,580 per year, still well above that of hotel clerks.

Job Outlook

According to the BLS, approximately 227,500 hotel receptionists were employed in the United States as of May 2010. Between 2010 and 2020, jobs for hotel clerks are expected to grow at a rate of 11 percent, leading to an estimated 25,200 new jobs by 2020. The relatively high rate of turnover in this profession, along with low barriers to entry, should mean that those looking to enter the profession will experience good job prospects.

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