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Front Desk Manager Average Salary in United Kingdom 2021

How much money does a Front Desk Manager make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
57,500 GBP
( 4,790 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Front Desk Manager in United Kingdom typically earns around 57,500 GBP per year. Salaries range from 28,200 GBP (lowest) to 89,700 GBP (highest).

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

Front Desk Manager Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Front Desk Manager
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Front Desk Manager salaries in United Kingdom range from 28,200 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 89,700 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 58,600 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Front Desk Manager(s) are earning less than 58,600 GBP while the other half are earning more than 58,600 GBP. 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 Front Desk Manager(s) are earning less than 39,100 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 39,100 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Front Desk Manager(s) are earning less than 75,700 GBP while 25% are earning more than 75,700 GBP.

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

Front Desk Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Front Desk Manager
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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 Front Desk Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Front Desk Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 33,400 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 42,900 GBP 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 59,200 GBP 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, Front Desk Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 73,400 GBP 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 78,600 GBP 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 83,800 GBP per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Front Desk Manager average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
33,400 GBP
2 - 5 Years+29%
42,900 GBP
5 - 10 Years+38%
59,200 GBP
10 - 15 Years+24%
73,400 GBP
15 - 20 Years+7%
78,600 GBP
20+ Years+7%
83,800 GBP
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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Front Desk Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Front Desk Manager(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 Front Desk Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Front Desk Manager is 41,700 GBP per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 47,900 GBP per year, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 64,500 GBP per year, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 81,100 GBP per year, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Front Desk Manager average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

High School
41,700 GBP
Certificate or Diploma+15%
47,900 GBP
Bachelor's Degree+35%
64,500 GBP
Master's Degree+26%
81,100 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United Kingdom costs anywhere from 29,600 Pound Sterling(s) to 88,700 Pound Sterling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Front Desk Manager 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 Front Desk Manager employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

58,700 GBP
56,200 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Front Desk Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Front Desk Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Front Desk Manager

Front Desk Manager(s) in United Kingdom 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Front Desk Manager
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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.

United Kingdom / 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 United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2020. 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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Front Desk Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Front Desk Manager
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A Front Desk Manager is considered to be a moderate 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.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Front Desk Manager Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

28 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 28 GBP. This means that the average Front Desk Manager in United Kingdom earns approximately 28 GBP 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.

Front Desk Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Front Desk Manager and Administration / Reception / Secretarial yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Front Desk Manager is 36% more than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist79,900 GBP+39%
Administrative Aide28,900 GBP-50%
Administrative Analyst55,600 GBP-3%
Administrative Assistant38,300 GBP-33%
Administrative Associate35,400 GBP-38%
Administrative Manager59,600 GBP+4%
Administrative Receptionist33,000 GBP-43%
Board Secretary33,400 GBP-42%
Central Office Operator36,900 GBP-36%
Clerk24,100 GBP-58%
Commercial Administrator50,400 GBP-12%
Commissions Processor44,900 GBP-22%
Conveyancing Secretary31,800 GBP-45%
Document Controller31,500 GBP-45%
Document Management Specialist44,300 GBP-23%
Executive Assistant41,500 GBP-28%
Executive Personal Assistant48,200 GBP-16%
Executive Secretary37,900 GBP-34%
Front Desk Attendant36,000 GBP-37%
Front Desk Coordinator42,400 GBP-26%
Front Desk Manager57,500 GBP+0%
Group Services Manager98,100 GBP+71%
Head Receptionist40,400 GBP-30%
Key Account Assistant42,500 GBP-26%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator24,700 GBP-57%
Leasing Administrator45,300 GBP-21%
Legal Secretary37,900 GBP-34%
Librarian46,700 GBP-19%
Mailroom Manager39,100 GBP-32%
Management Support Secretary37,800 GBP-34%
Master Programme Coordinator68,400 GBP+19%
Medical Receptionist38,200 GBP-34%
Meeting and Event Assistant40,800 GBP-29%
Meeting and Event Manager91,600 GBP+59%
Night Manager54,800 GBP-5%
Office Administrator57,300 GBP-0%
Office Assistant25,800 GBP-55%
Office Manager61,300 GBP+7%
Office Services Coordinator49,700 GBP-14%
Operations Analyst72,400 GBP+26%
Operations Manager91,300 GBP+59%
Personal Assistant36,900 GBP-36%
Planning Assistant44,700 GBP-22%
Process Expert53,700 GBP-7%
Program Coordinator53,500 GBP-7%
Programme Assistant45,800 GBP-20%
Project Administrator61,600 GBP+7%
Project Coordinator83,400 GBP+45%
Reception Team Lead47,300 GBP-18%
Receptionist33,200 GBP-42%
Records Officer30,500 GBP-47%
Schedule Officer25,100 GBP-56%
School Secretary35,300 GBP-39%
Secretary32,100 GBP-44%
Switchboard Operator29,000 GBP-50%
Technical Program Manager85,100 GBP+48%
Technical Project Manager90,800 GBP+58%
Typist28,400 GBP-51%
Wayleave Officer24,400 GBP-58%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen57,800 GBP
Abingdon49,500 GBP
Armagh56,200 GBP
Bangor51,600 GBP
Belfast58,800 GBP
Birmingham68,200 GBP
Bradford63,900 GBP
Brighton61,400 GBP
Bristol64,700 GBP
Cambridge54,900 GBP
Canterbury50,900 GBP
Cardiff63,000 GBP
Chester51,900 GBP
Coventry59,500 GBP
Derby57,100 GBP
Derry52,100 GBP
Dundee55,500 GBP
Durham54,700 GBP
Edinburgh60,800 GBP
Exeter57,000 GBP
Glasgow61,700 GBP
Gloucester55,800 GBP
Hartlepool54,000 GBP
Inverness53,800 GBP
Kingston upon Hull60,600 GBP
Kirkwall51,400 GBP
Leeds63,200 GBP
Leicester60,200 GBP
Lincoln53,600 GBP
Lisburn55,200 GBP
Liverpool66,800 GBP
London67,200 GBP
Manchester64,600 GBP
Newcastle61,000 GBP
Newport56,600 GBP
Newry56,300 GBP
Norwich55,200 GBP
Nottingham60,100 GBP
Oxford55,500 GBP
Peterborough55,400 GBP
Plymouth62,300 GBP
Poole58,000 GBP
Portsmouth59,700 GBP
Ripon51,000 GBP
Salisbury52,100 GBP
Sheffield62,600 GBP
Somerset60,300 GBP
Southampton57,400 GBP
St Davids48,600 GBP
Stirling54,800 GBP
Stromness49,600 GBP
Strontian48,500 GBP
Swansea57,400 GBP
Truro49,100 GBP
Wakefield50,600 GBP
Wells51,800 GBP
Winchester53,500 GBP
Wolverhampton60,400 GBP
York57,900 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England108,000 GBP
Northern Ireland50,500 GBP
Scotland78,600 GBP
Wales54,600 GBP

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 United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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