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Receptionist Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Receptionist make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
6,230 EUR
( 74,700 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Receptionist in Germany typically earns around 6,230 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,870 EUR (lowest) to 9,900 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Receptionist salaries in Germany range from 2,870 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 9,900 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,730 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Receptionist(s) are earning less than 6,730 EUR while the other half are earning more than 6,730 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 Receptionist(s) are earning less than 4,320 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,320 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Receptionist(s) are earning less than 8,980 EUR while 25% are earning more than 8,980 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

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 3,250 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,340 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 6,420 EUR per month, 48% 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 7,830 EUR per month, 22% 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 8,530 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 9,230 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Receptionist average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
3,250 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
4,340 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
6,420 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
7,830 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
8,530 EUR
20+ Years+8%
9,230 EUR
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.

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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 3,710 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 5,820 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 9,760 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Receptionist average salary difference by education level in Germany

High School
3,710 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+57%
5,820 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+68%
9,760 EUR
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

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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 Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

6,010 EUR
6,450 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Receptionist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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


Receptionist(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% 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.

Germany / 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 Germany is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Germany 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 Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany 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.

65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% 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 Germany earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
11,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
12,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Receptionist Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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
5,390 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
5,580 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
5,790 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
6,010 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Receptionist salaries in Germany are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% 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 Germany

36 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 36 EUR. This means that the average Receptionist in Germany earns approximately 36 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.

Receptionist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Receptionist and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Germany
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The average salary for Receptionist is 13% 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 Specialist10,200 EUR+64%
Administrative Aide4,550 EUR-27%
Administrative Analyst6,700 EUR+8%
Administrative Assistant5,970 EUR-4%
Administrative Associate5,610 EUR-10%
Administrative Manager7,110 EUR+14%
Administrative Receptionist5,430 EUR-13%
Board Secretary6,480 EUR+4%
Central Office Operator5,540 EUR-11%
Clerk4,650 EUR-25%
Commercial Administrator8,270 EUR+33%
Commissions Processor7,450 EUR+20%
Conveyancing Secretary6,460 EUR+4%
Document Controller5,450 EUR-12%
Document Management Specialist7,280 EUR+17%
Executive Assistant7,560 EUR+21%
Executive Personal Assistant8,870 EUR+42%
Executive Secretary7,540 EUR+21%
Front Desk Attendant6,500 EUR+4%
Front Desk Coordinator7,070 EUR+14%
Front Desk Manager8,730 EUR+40%
Group Services Manager11,700 EUR+88%
Head Receptionist7,720 EUR+24%
Key Account Assistant8,140 EUR+31%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator4,040 EUR-35%
Leasing Administrator7,110 EUR+14%
Legal Secretary6,540 EUR+5%
Librarian6,740 EUR+8%
Mailroom Manager6,580 EUR+6%
Management Support Secretary7,120 EUR+14%
Master Programme Coordinator9,920 EUR+59%
Medical Receptionist6,900 EUR+11%
Meeting and Event Assistant7,890 EUR+27%
Meeting and Event Manager10,600 EUR+70%
Night Manager8,740 EUR+40%
Office Administrator8,880 EUR+43%
Office Assistant4,840 EUR-22%
Office Manager7,450 EUR+20%
Office Services Coordinator7,220 EUR+16%
Operations Analyst9,590 EUR+54%
Operations Manager11,600 EUR+86%
Personal Assistant7,350 EUR+18%
Planning Assistant6,920 EUR+11%
Process Expert8,990 EUR+44%
Program Coordinator7,740 EUR+24%
Programme Assistant7,400 EUR+19%
Project Administrator9,750 EUR+57%
Project Coordinator9,930 EUR+59%
Reception Team Lead9,260 EUR+49%
Receptionist6,230 EUR+0%
Records Officer5,360 EUR-14%
Schedule Officer5,330 EUR-14%
School Secretary5,900 EUR-5%
Secretary5,970 EUR-4%
Switchboard Operator4,790 EUR-23%
Technical Program Manager9,890 EUR+59%
Technical Project Manager10,100 EUR+62%
Typist4,750 EUR-24%
Wayleave Officer5,090 EUR-18%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin6,890 EUR
Bremen6,300 EUR
Dortmund6,250 EUR
Dresden5,840 EUR
Dusseldorf6,500 EUR
Essen6,070 EUR
Frankfurt6,520 EUR
Hamburg6,970 EUR
Hannover5,390 EUR
Koln6,440 EUR
Leipzig5,800 EUR
Munchen7,050 EUR
Nurnberg5,740 EUR
Stuttgart6,450 EUR
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