Thousands of receptionists work at hair salons, but labour statistics show they also receive some of the lowest pay for their occupation. Receptionists who work at health-care facilities tend to earn higher wages. Still, location affects all receptionists' salaries. California and New York receptionists earn some of the top wages for their occupation.
Receptionists at hair salons generally handle appointments for stylists by scheduling, cancelling and rearranging customers' appointments for haircuts and other services as needed. In its salary data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that receptionists who work at hair salons also may serve as cashiers. The bureau's data show the mean annual wage for receptionists nationwide in 2010 was £17,069. However, receptionists who worked at hair salons and other companies that provide personal care services earned a mean wage that was significantly less that year at £13,611.
Hair salons and other businesses that offer personal care services are among companies that have the highest employment levels for receptionists. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that 51,660 receptionists worked at personal care companies in 2010. The offices of physicians and dentists also employ large numbers of receptionists, but they pay higher wages than personal care businesses. In 2010, more than 179,000 receptionists worked at physicians offices, where they earned a mean annual salary of £17,394. Just over 65,500 receptionists worked at dentists offices in 2010, and they earned a mean annual wage of £19,396.
Employment by State
Hairdresser receptionists may have some of the best job opportunities in California and New York where employment levels are high and salaries are above the mean wage for receptionists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that more than 98,000 receptionists worked in California in 2010, and they earned a mean annual salary of £18,726 that year. New York employed more than 85,000 receptionists in 2010. They earned a mean annual salary that was on slightly below California's at £18,427.
More than 172,900 additional jobs may be available for receptionists overall through 2018 if the employment of receptionists increases 15 per cent through that time as the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts. The bureau attributes the anticipated increase to expected growth in the personal care industry and other industries. Still, the Office Team employment service expects receptionists to see minimal salary increases. The Office Team 2011 salary guide indicates that receptionists' starting salaries will likely rise an average of 1.1 per cent for the year.
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