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Administration / Reception / Secretarial Average Salaries in Portugal 2021

How much money does a person working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial make in Portugal?


Average Monthly Salary
1,630 EUR
( 19,600 EUR yearly)

LOW
820
EUR
AVERAGE
1,630
EUR
HIGH
3,730
EUR

A person working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Portugal typically earns around 1,630 EUR per month. Salaries range from 820 EUR (lowest average) to 3,730 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Administration / Reception / Secretarial careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist3,170 EUR
Administrative Aide1,030 EUR
Administrative Analyst2,080 EUR
Administrative Assistant1,420 EUR
Administrative Associate1,390 EUR
Administrative Manager2,090 EUR
Administrative Receptionist1,320 EUR
Board Secretary1,200 EUR
Central Office Operator1,340 EUR
Clerk880 EUR
Commercial Administrator1,990 EUR
Commissions Processor1,740 EUR
Conveyancing Secretary1,210 EUR
Document Controller1,160 EUR
Document Management Specialist1,750 EUR
Executive Assistant1,570 EUR
Executive Personal Assistant1,640 EUR
Executive Secretary1,430 EUR
Front Desk Attendant1,360 EUR
Front Desk Coordinator1,530 EUR
Front Desk Manager2,020 EUR
Group Services Manager3,580 EUR
Head Receptionist1,500 EUR
Key Account Assistant1,530 EUR
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator880 EUR
Leasing Administrator1,740 EUR
Legal Secretary1,350 EUR
Librarian1,670 EUR
Mailroom Manager1,470 EUR
Management Support Secretary1,410 EUR
Master Programme Coordinator2,580 EUR
Medical Receptionist1,450 EUR
Meeting and Event Assistant1,450 EUR
Meeting and Event Manager3,410 EUR
Night Manager1,920 EUR
Office Administrator2,060 EUR
Office Assistant880 EUR
Office Manager2,260 EUR
Office Services Coordinator1,760 EUR
Operations Analyst2,700 EUR
Operations Manager3,560 EUR
Personal Assistant1,430 EUR
Planning Assistant1,640 EUR
Process Expert2,160 EUR
Program Coordinator1,970 EUR
Programme Assistant1,650 EUR
Project Administrator2,260 EUR
Project Coordinator2,970 EUR
Reception Team Lead1,800 EUR
Receptionist1,270 EUR
Records Officer1,100 EUR
Schedule Officer900 EUR
School Secretary1,250 EUR
Secretary1,160 EUR
Switchboard Operator1,140 EUR
Technical Program Manager3,210 EUR
Technical Project Manager3,250 EUR
Typist1,050 EUR
Wayleave Officer940 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial Jobs Salary Distribution in Portugal

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries in Portugal range from 820 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 3,730 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,770 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial are earning less than 1,770 EUR while the other half are earning more than 1,770 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial are earning less than 1,160 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,160 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial are earning less than 2,970 EUR while 25% are earning more than 2,970 EUR.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Portugal costs anywhere from 13,800 Euro(s) to 41,300 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Administration / Reception / Secretarial Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Portugal who work in Administration / Reception / Secretarial earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
1,680 EUR
Female-6%
1,590 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Administration / Reception / Secretarial Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Administration / Reception / Secretarial professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Administration / Reception / Secretarial

Administration / Reception / Secretarial professionals in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Portugal / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Administration / Reception / Secretarial Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal Administration / Reception / Secretarial
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Administration / Reception / Secretarial is considered to be a low bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

68% of surveyed staff in Administration / Reception / Secretarial reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
32%
No Bonus
68%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Administration / Reception / Secretarial Hourly Average Wage in Portugal


9 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 9 EUR. This means that the average person in Portugal earns approximately 9 EUR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Administration / Reception / Secretarial VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Administration / Reception / Secretarial is 41% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal1,400 EUR
Lisbon1,680 EUR
Porto1,540 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,680 EUR
Public Sector+6%
2,840 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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