Receptionists get paid a mean annual wage of $25,990, or $12.49 per hour, according to the 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A receptionist's annual salary varies depending upon factors that include geographic location, education, experience and employment sector.
As of 2013, the lowest-paid receptionists earn a yearly salary of about $18,120, and the highest-paid receptionists earn an annual salary of $37,770. Receptionists can expect to receive some of the best wages in the metropolitan cities of Champaign, Ill., San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Rosa, Calif. The annual mean wage in San Francisco is $36,780, nearly $10,790 more than the average receptionist yearly salary.