Being a receptionist is a good career

What receptionists earn

Employees at the reception are responsible for receiving, looking after and entertaining guests, customers and business partners in companies. They often form the company's business card, as they are both the first point of contact in personal contact and the switchboard.

In addition to their work in visitor reception, they are usually also responsible for handling administrative tasks such as coordinating mail and deliveries, managing office supplies and the central e-mail address, coordinating appointments and looking after the internal conference rooms.

Ideally, employees at the reception have a commercial training, in particular HAK or a commercial apprenticeship. Very good spoken and written knowledge of German and English is a basic requirement in many companies, as is a confident use of MS Office products.

Good tone

On a personal level, receptionists expect good manners and a high-quality, professional, well-groomed appearance even in stressful situations, a communicative personality, pleasure in dealing with people, organizational talent, reliability and discretion.

The average income of employees at the reception at the beginning of their career is 21,400 euros gross per year. After about ten years of work, the average salaries are 26,000 euros. Experienced employees with over 20 years of professional experience achieve average gross salaries of EUR 30,100 per year. (Conrad Pramböck, derStandard.at)