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Receptionist Average Salary in Iceland 2022

How much money does a Receptionist make in Iceland?

Average Monthly Salary
238,000 ISK
( 2,860,000 ISK yearly)


A person working as a Receptionist in Iceland typically earns around 238,000 ISK per month. Salaries range from 109,000 ISK (lowest) to 378,000 ISK (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 Iceland

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

  • Salary Range

    Receptionist salaries in Iceland range from 109,000 ISK per month (minimum salary) to 378,000 ISK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 257,000 ISK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Receptionist(s) are earning less than 257,000 ISK while the other half are earning more than 257,000 ISK. 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 165,000 ISK while 75% of them are earning more than 165,000 ISK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Receptionist(s) are earning less than 343,000 ISK while 25% are earning more than 343,000 ISK.

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 124,000 ISK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 166,000 ISK 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 245,000 ISK 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 299,000 ISK 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 326,000 ISK 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 353,000 ISK per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Receptionist average salary change by experience in Iceland

0 - 2 Years
124,000 ISK
2 - 5 Years+34%
166,000 ISK
5 - 10 Years+48%
245,000 ISK
10 - 15 Years+22%
299,000 ISK
15 - 20 Years+9%
326,000 ISK
20+ Years+8%
353,000 ISK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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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 142,000 ISK per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 222,000 ISK per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 373,000 ISK per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Receptionist average salary difference by education level in Iceland

High School
142,000 ISK
Certificate or Diploma+57%
222,000 ISK
Bachelor's Degree+68%
373,000 ISK
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 Iceland earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

233,000 ISK
243,000 ISK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Iceland for all Careers

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Receptionist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Iceland

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


Receptionist(s) in Iceland 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.

Iceland / 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 Iceland is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Iceland for the year 2021. 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 Iceland

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

85% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 15% 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 Iceland

1,370 ISK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Iceland is 1,370 ISK. This means that the average Receptionist in Iceland earns approximately 1,370 ISK 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 Iceland
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The average salary for Receptionist is 48% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder250,000 ISK+5%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper200,000 ISK-16%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director862,000 ISK+260%
Assistant Hospitality Manager902,000 ISK+280%
Assistant Storekeeper176,000 ISK-26%
Assistant Tour Manager420,000 ISK+76%
Baker and Pastrycook218,000 ISK-8%
Bakery Manager479,000 ISK+100%
Bakery Superintendent312,000 ISK+31%
Banquet Manager331,000 ISK+39%
Banquet Server219,000 ISK-8%
Bar Attendant208,000 ISK-13%
Bar Manager429,000 ISK+80%
Bar Supervisor295,000 ISK+24%
Barista252,000 ISK+6%
Bartender245,000 ISK+3%
Bellman200,000 ISK-16%
Beverage Manager499,000 ISK+110%
Bistro Attendant221,000 ISK-7%
Buffet Chef374,000 ISK+57%
Buffet Host202,000 ISK-15%
Buffet Manager451,000 ISK+89%
Butcher and Slaughterer169,000 ISK-29%
Cafeteria Manager384,000 ISK+61%
Cake Decorator237,000 ISK-0%
Casino Shift Manager702,000 ISK+190%
Chain Store Customer Support340,000 ISK+43%
Chef388,000 ISK+63%
Club Manager736,000 ISK+210%
Cluster Director936,000 ISK+290%
Cluster Revenue Manager733,000 ISK+210%
Cocktail Server219,000 ISK-8%
Coffee Shop Manager701,000 ISK+190%
Concierge206,000 ISK-13%
Confectionery Baker232,000 ISK-3%
Conference Services Manager484,000 ISK+100%
Cook335,000 ISK+41%
Corporate Sous Chef570,000 ISK+140%
Corporate Travel Consultant584,000 ISK+150%
Croupier278,000 ISK+17%
Culinary Assistant184,000 ISK-23%
Culinary Associate183,000 ISK-23%
Dietary Aide410,000 ISK+72%
Dining Room Supervisor353,000 ISK+48%
Dishwasher158,000 ISK-34%
Duty Manager473,000 ISK+99%
Events Coordinator322,000 ISK+35%
Executive Chef448,000 ISK+88%
Executive Pastry Chef370,000 ISK+55%
Fast Food Cook316,000 ISK+33%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor352,000 ISK+48%
Fine Dining Cook557,000 ISK+130%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef560,000 ISK+140%
Fleet Manager983,000 ISK+310%
Food and Beverage Manager749,000 ISK+210%
Food Consultant616,000 ISK+160%
Food Safety Coordinator454,000 ISK+91%
Food Server215,000 ISK-10%
Food Service Director807,000 ISK+240%
Food Service Manager825,000 ISK+250%
Food Service Sales520,000 ISK+120%
Food Service Worker201,000 ISK-16%
Front Desk Agent246,000 ISK+3%
Front Office Manager437,000 ISK+84%
Guest Service Executive687,000 ISK+190%
Guest Service Representative285,000 ISK+20%
Head Concierge307,000 ISK+29%
Hospitality Director1,200,000 ISK+400%
Hostess / Host250,000 ISK+5%
Hotel Desk Clerk246,000 ISK+3%
Hotel Maid171,000 ISK-28%
Hotel Manager1,220,000 ISK+410%
Hotel Sales Manager858,000 ISK+260%
Hotel Service Supervisor687,000 ISK+190%
Hotel Staff221,000 ISK-7%
Inventory Coordinator264,000 ISK+11%
Kitchen Manager417,000 ISK+75%
Kitchen Staff228,000 ISK-4%
Kitchen Supervisor341,000 ISK+43%
Line Cook381,000 ISK+60%
Luggage Porter173,000 ISK-27%
Motel Manager685,000 ISK+190%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant233,000 ISK-2%
Production Operator331,000 ISK+39%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator379,000 ISK+59%
Receptionist238,000 ISK-0%
Regional Restaurant Manager962,000 ISK+300%
Restaurant Manager819,000 ISK+240%
Room Reservations Manager808,000 ISK+240%
Room Service Manager767,000 ISK+220%
Sous Chef429,000 ISK+80%
Supervisor of Food Services565,000 ISK+140%
Tour Consultant567,000 ISK+140%
Travel Agent423,000 ISK+78%
Travel Consultant556,000 ISK+130%
Waiter / Waitress211,000 ISK-11%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Reykjavik266,000 ISK

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 Iceland earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
611,000 ISK
Public Sector+25%
763,000 ISK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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