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Receptionist Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does a Receptionist make in Hong Kong?

Average Monthly Salary
13,400 HKD
( 161,000 HKD yearly)


A person working as a Receptionist in Hong Kong typically earns around 13,400 HKD per month. Salaries range from 6,300 HKD (lowest) to 21,200 HKD (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 Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution monthly Hong Kong Receptionist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Receptionist salaries in Hong Kong range from 6,300 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 21,200 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 14,200 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Receptionist(s) are earning less than 14,200 HKD while the other half are earning more than 14,200 HKD. 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 9,230 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 9,230 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Receptionist(s) are earning less than 18,800 HKD while 25% are earning more than 18,800 HKD.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Hong Kong Receptionist
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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 7,270 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 10,000 HKD per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 14,300 HKD per month, 42% 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 17,400 HKD 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 18,400 HKD per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 20,000 HKD per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Receptionist average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
7,270 HKD
2 - 5 Years+38%
10,000 HKD
5 - 10 Years+42%
14,300 HKD
10 - 15 Years+22%
17,400 HKD
15 - 20 Years+6%
18,400 HKD
20+ Years+9%
20,000 HKD
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 monthly Hong Kong 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 8,680 HKD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 13,100 HKD per month, 51% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 19,700 HKD per month, 50% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Receptionist average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

High School
8,680 HKD
Certificate or Diploma+51%
13,100 HKD
Bachelor's Degree+50%
19,700 HKD
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 monthly Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong earn 9% less than their female counterparts on average.

12,900 HKD
14,100 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Receptionist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

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


Receptionist(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Hong Kong / 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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

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

86% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 14% 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.

Receptionist Average Hourly Wage in Hong Kong

77 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 77 HKD. This means that the average Receptionist in Hong Kong earns approximately 77 HKD 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Hong Kong
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The average salary for Receptionist is 46% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 32% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder13,400 HKD-0%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper10,200 HKD-24%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director44,100 HKD+230%
Assistant Hospitality Manager45,000 HKD+240%
Assistant Storekeeper9,390 HKD-30%
Assistant Tour Manager22,600 HKD+69%
Baker and Pastrycook12,100 HKD-10%
Bakery Manager27,300 HKD+100%
Bakery Superintendent17,300 HKD+29%
Banquet Manager18,300 HKD+37%
Banquet Server11,600 HKD-13%
Bar Attendant11,500 HKD-14%
Bar Manager24,200 HKD+81%
Bar Supervisor16,600 HKD+24%
Barista14,200 HKD+6%
Bartender13,500 HKD+1%
Bellman11,200 HKD-16%
Beverage Manager27,500 HKD+110%
Bistro Attendant12,000 HKD-10%
Buffet Chef20,300 HKD+51%
Buffet Host11,100 HKD-17%
Buffet Manager24,800 HKD+85%
Butcher and Slaughterer9,260 HKD-31%
Cafeteria Manager21,000 HKD+57%
Cake Decorator13,200 HKD-2%
Casino Shift Manager38,300 HKD+190%
Chain Store Customer Support18,100 HKD+35%
Chef21,100 HKD+57%
Club Manager39,800 HKD+200%
Cluster Director51,100 HKD+280%
Cluster Revenue Manager39,900 HKD+200%
Cocktail Server11,100 HKD-17%
Coffee Shop Manager38,100 HKD+180%
Concierge10,600 HKD-21%
Confectionery Baker12,400 HKD-7%
Conference Services Manager25,000 HKD+87%
Cook18,100 HKD+35%
Corporate Sous Chef32,000 HKD+140%
Corporate Travel Consultant31,100 HKD+130%
Croupier15,800 HKD+18%
Culinary Assistant9,640 HKD-28%
Culinary Associate9,610 HKD-28%
Dietary Aide21,900 HKD+63%
Dining Room Supervisor18,900 HKD+41%
Dishwasher8,420 HKD-37%
Duty Manager26,300 HKD+96%
Events Coordinator16,500 HKD+23%
Executive Chef24,300 HKD+81%
Executive Pastry Chef19,800 HKD+48%
Fast Food Cook17,000 HKD+27%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor18,800 HKD+40%
Fine Dining Cook29,900 HKD+120%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef30,300 HKD+130%
Fleet Manager55,500 HKD+310%
Food and Beverage Manager41,900 HKD+210%
Food Consultant34,300 HKD+160%
Food Safety Coordinator25,300 HKD+89%
Food Server11,400 HKD-15%
Food Service Director42,900 HKD+220%
Food Service Manager42,600 HKD+220%
Food Service Sales27,600 HKD+110%
Food Service Worker11,500 HKD-14%
Front Desk Agent13,300 HKD-1%
Front Office Manager23,100 HKD+72%
Guest Service Executive37,200 HKD+180%
Guest Service Representative15,100 HKD+13%
Head Concierge17,000 HKD+27%
Hospitality Director62,500 HKD+370%
Hostess / Host13,200 HKD-2%
Hotel Desk Clerk12,600 HKD-6%
Hotel Maid9,590 HKD-28%
Hotel Manager64,600 HKD+380%
Hotel Sales Manager48,400 HKD+260%
Hotel Service Supervisor36,200 HKD+170%
Hotel Staff11,900 HKD-11%
Inventory Coordinator14,300 HKD+7%
Kitchen Manager21,900 HKD+63%
Kitchen Staff12,000 HKD-10%
Kitchen Supervisor19,100 HKD+43%
Line Cook19,600 HKD+46%
Luggage Porter9,450 HKD-29%
Motel Manager35,900 HKD+170%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant12,200 HKD-9%
Production Operator18,400 HKD+37%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator19,100 HKD+43%
Receptionist13,400 HKD-0%
Regional Restaurant Manager50,200 HKD+270%
Restaurant Manager42,700 HKD+220%
Room Reservations Manager42,100 HKD+210%
Room Service Manager39,800 HKD+200%
Sous Chef23,200 HKD+73%
Supervisor of Food Services29,300 HKD+120%
Tour Consultant31,400 HKD+130%
Travel Agent21,900 HKD+63%
Travel Consultant29,700 HKD+120%
Waiter / Waitress10,900 HKD-19%

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 Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
35,500 HKD
Public Sector+10%
39,200 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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