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Receptionist Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a Receptionist make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
114,000 CHF
( 9,530 CHF monthly)


A person working as a Receptionist in Switzerland typically earns around 114,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 56,100 CHF (lowest) to 178,000 CHF (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Receptionist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Receptionist Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Receptionist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Receptionist salaries in Switzerland range from 56,100 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 178,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 117,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Receptionist(s) are earning less than 117,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 117,000 CHF. 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 Receptionist(s) are earning less than 77,700 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 77,700 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Receptionist(s) are earning less than 151,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 151,000 CHF.

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

Receptionist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Receptionist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Receptionist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 66,500 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 85,400 CHF per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 118,000 CHF per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Receptionist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 146,000 CHF per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 156,000 CHF per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 167,000 CHF per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Receptionist average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
66,500 CHF
2 - 5 Years+29%
85,400 CHF
5 - 10 Years+38%
118,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+24%
146,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+7%
156,000 CHF
20+ Years+7%
167,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Receptionist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Receptionist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Switzerland Receptionist
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Receptionist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Receptionist is 85,400 CHF per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 122,000 CHF per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 169,000 CHF per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Receptionist average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

High School
85,400 CHF
Certificate or Diploma+43%
122,000 CHF
Bachelor's Degree+38%
169,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Receptionist 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 Receptionist employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts.

112,000 CHF
117,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Receptionist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Receptionist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Receptionist(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

Switzerland / All Professions

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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 Switzerland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Switzerland for the year 2019. 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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Receptionist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Receptionist
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A Receptionist is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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 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
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Receptionist employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
191,000 CHF
Public Sector+4%
199,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Receptionist Salary Trend and Forecast in Switzerland

How are Receptionist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
102,000 CHF
Average Salary 2017+4%
105,000 CHF
Average Salary 2018+3%
108,000 CHF
Average Salary 2019+2%
110,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Receptionist salaries in Switzerland are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Receptionist Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

55 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 55 CHF. This means that the average Receptionist in Switzerland earns approximately 55 CHF 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.

Receptionist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Receptionist and Administration / Reception / Secretarial yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Receptionist is 3% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist178,000 CHF+56%
Administrative Aide79,200 CHF-31%
Administrative Analyst120,000 CHF+5%
Administrative Assistant103,000 CHF-10%
Administrative Associate104,000 CHF-9%
Administrative Manager126,000 CHF+10%
Administrative Receptionist95,600 CHF-16%
Board Secretary114,000 CHF-0%
Central Office Operator102,000 CHF-11%
Clerk85,000 CHF-26%
Commercial Administrator148,000 CHF+29%
Commissions Processor122,000 CHF+7%
Conveyancing Secretary111,000 CHF-3%
Document Controller92,200 CHF-19%
Document Management Specialist130,000 CHF+14%
Executive Assistant131,000 CHF+15%
Executive Personal Assistant154,000 CHF+35%
Executive Secretary127,000 CHF+11%
Front Desk Attendant107,000 CHF-6%
Front Desk Coordinator125,000 CHF+9%
Front Desk Manager162,000 CHF+42%
Group Services Manager204,000 CHF+78%
Head Receptionist132,000 CHF+15%
Key Account Assistant137,000 CHF+20%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator72,000 CHF-37%
Leasing Administrator121,000 CHF+6%
Legal Secretary114,000 CHF-0%
Librarian120,000 CHF+5%
Mailroom Manager109,000 CHF-5%
Management Support Secretary128,000 CHF+12%
Master Programme Coordinator176,000 CHF+54%
Medical Receptionist119,000 CHF+4%
Meeting and Event Assistant135,000 CHF+18%
Meeting and Event Manager186,000 CHF+63%
Night Manager155,000 CHF+35%
Office Administrator158,000 CHF+38%
Office Assistant88,400 CHF-23%
Office Manager139,000 CHF+21%
Office Services Coordinator130,000 CHF+14%
Operations Analyst156,000 CHF+36%
Operations Manager200,000 CHF+75%
Personal Assistant128,000 CHF+12%
Planning Assistant124,000 CHF+8%
Process Expert153,000 CHF+34%
Program Coordinator148,000 CHF+29%
Programme Assistant125,000 CHF+9%
Project Administrator165,000 CHF+44%
Project Coordinator173,000 CHF+51%
Reception Team Lead163,000 CHF+42%
Receptionist114,000 CHF-0%
Records Officer95,000 CHF-17%
Schedule Officer90,000 CHF-21%
School Secretary112,000 CHF-2%
Secretary102,000 CHF-11%
Switchboard Operator88,400 CHF-23%
Technical Program Manager171,000 CHF+49%
Technical Project Manager180,000 CHF+57%
Typist81,600 CHF-29%
Wayleave Officer93,600 CHF-18%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel120,000 CHF
Bern107,000 CHF
Biel104,000 CHF
Geneve119,000 CHF
Lausanne113,000 CHF
Lugano104,000 CHF
Luzern105,000 CHF
St. Gallen110,000 CHF
Winterthur112,000 CHF
Zurich117,000 CHF
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