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Receptionist Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a Receptionist make in Switzerland?


Average Yearly Salary
63,900 CHF
( 5,320 CHF monthly)

LOW
31,300
CHF
AVERAGE
63,900
CHF
HIGH
99,700
CHF

A person working as a Receptionist in Switzerland typically earns around 63,900 CHF per year. Salaries range from 31,300 CHF (lowest) to 99,700 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 31,300 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 99,700 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 65,200 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Receptionist(s) are earning less than 65,200 CHF while the other half are earning more than 65,200 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 43,400 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 43,400 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Receptionist(s) are earning less than 84,100 CHF while 25% are earning more than 84,100 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 37,100 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 47,700 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 65,800 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 81,600 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 87,400 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 93,200 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
37,100 CHF
2 - 5 Years+29%
47,700 CHF
5 - 10 Years+38%
65,800 CHF
10 - 15 Years+24%
81,600 CHF
15 - 20 Years+7%
87,400 CHF
20+ Years+7%
93,200 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 47,700 CHF per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 68,200 CHF per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 94,200 CHF per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.


Receptionist average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

High School
47,700 CHF
Certificate or Diploma+43%
68,200 CHF
Bachelor's Degree+38%
94,200 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Receptionist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Receptionist
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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 on average.

Female
62,500 CHF
Male+4%
65,200 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

Receptionist(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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

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

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 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
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.

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 employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
121,000 CHF
Public Sector+4%
126,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Receptionist Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland


31 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 31 CHF. This means that the average Receptionist in Switzerland earns approximately 31 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 14% 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 Specialist150,000 CHF+130%
Administrative Aide50,700 CHF-21%
Administrative Analyst96,000 CHF+50%
Administrative Assistant65,900 CHF+3%
Administrative Associate66,300 CHF+4%
Administrative Manager101,000 CHF+58%
Administrative Receptionist60,200 CHF-6%
Board Secretary62,900 CHF-2%
Central Office Operator65,300 CHF+2%
Clerk44,200 CHF-31%
Commercial Administrator94,600 CHF+48%
Commissions Processor78,300 CHF+23%
Conveyancing Secretary57,000 CHF-11%
Document Controller54,000 CHF-15%
Document Management Specialist83,200 CHF+30%
Executive Assistant69,300 CHF+8%
Executive Personal Assistant83,400 CHF+31%
Executive Secretary67,700 CHF+6%
Front Desk Attendant60,200 CHF-6%
Front Desk Coordinator79,900 CHF+25%
Front Desk Manager104,000 CHF+63%
Group Services Manager168,000 CHF+160%
Head Receptionist71,900 CHF+13%
Key Account Assistant74,900 CHF+17%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator40,600 CHF-36%
Leasing Administrator81,400 CHF+27%
Legal Secretary66,500 CHF+4%
Librarian76,800 CHF+20%
Mailroom Manager69,800 CHF+9%
Management Support Secretary65,300 CHF+2%
Master Programme Coordinator122,000 CHF+91%
Medical Receptionist68,400 CHF+7%
Meeting and Event Assistant71,500 CHF+12%
Meeting and Event Manager158,000 CHF+150%
Night Manager98,900 CHF+55%
Office Administrator101,000 CHF+58%
Office Assistant44,600 CHF-30%
Office Manager112,000 CHF+75%
Office Services Coordinator89,900 CHF+41%
Operations Analyst129,000 CHF+100%
Operations Manager171,000 CHF+170%
Personal Assistant66,600 CHF+4%
Planning Assistant79,100 CHF+24%
Process Expert98,200 CHF+54%
Program Coordinator94,800 CHF+48%
Programme Assistant80,600 CHF+26%
Project Administrator106,000 CHF+66%
Project Coordinator137,000 CHF+110%
Reception Team Lead79,300 CHF+24%
Receptionist63,900 CHF+0%
Records Officer53,800 CHF-16%
Schedule Officer44,200 CHF-31%
School Secretary63,900 CHF+0%
Secretary54,700 CHF-14%
Switchboard Operator54,300 CHF-15%
Technical Program Manager142,000 CHF+120%
Technical Project Manager149,000 CHF+130%
Typist52,200 CHF-18%
Wayleave Officer46,900 CHF-27%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel66,900 CHF
Bern59,900 CHF
Biel58,200 CHF
Geneve66,200 CHF
Lausanne62,900 CHF
Lugano57,800 CHF
Luzern58,500 CHF
St. Gallen61,500 CHF
Winterthur62,300 CHF
Zurich65,500 CHF
156000 - 3

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