Average Receptionist salaries in the UK

Salary by region

Explore the average Receptionist salary in the UK by location:

  • London: £26,800
  • Wales: £18,800
  • Scotland: £20,500
  • East of England: £20,500
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: £18,900

Job prospects for Receptionists

The current hiring market is showing excellent prospects for receptionist earning potential—they have risen to become one of the most in-demand roles within the administration and support services sector. 

Businesses are recognising the importance of excellent customer service and impact customer-facing roles can have on business development. As receptionists are the first point of contact with customers and clients, it is advantageous for employers to ensure that their reception and customer services team are aligned with the business values and company culture. 

Receptionists are deeply connected to all members of the team, as well as the outside world, so act as a cultural touchstone for the business. This has prompted employers to focus on investing in professionals with soft skills which are both appropriate for the role and align these with the company’s goals.

With this in mind, the best job opportunities will go to receptionists with excellent interpersonal skills, most notably, written and verbal communication. Organisational abilities, time management, attention to detail and the ability to multitask are also key qualities.

Although job opportunities are good across the UK in general, London and Bristol are currently showing the most hiring potential for receptionists. There is also strong demand in the temporary hiring market—professionals who are looking for new opportunities and more varied CV experience may find considerable job prospects in the short-term.

Receptionist salary opportunities

The average midpoint receptionist salary in the UK is £20,800, with a current salary range of £19,500 – £27,200. The best salaries for this role can be found in Scotland, the East and the South East of England.

The receptionist salary in London is the highest on average in the UK, and professionals can increase their earning potential and job opportunities by seeking employment in the area. In the Midlands and the North of England, salaries for administration and office support roles are expected to remain stable.

Entry-level receptionists can hope to earn an average of £19,500, with the potential to go up to £27,200 when they reach the top of the pay scale. This higher salary will be reserved for the top 95th percentile—those with deep experience who are able to add value from day one.

As receptionists are in such high demand, there is plenty of room to negotiate perks and bonuses as part of a more attractive remuneration package—this is true of mid-level professionals as well as those with plenty of experience. Highly skilled senior receptionists can expect to start on a higher salary than previous years and are often able to negotiate performance-based bonuses.

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