Receptionist Salary Canada

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Average Receptionist’s and Switchboard Operator’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Receptionists and Switchboard Operators.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 1414.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: receptionist, reception clerk, medical receptionist, dental receptionist, switchboard operator and information desk clerk.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $19.71 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island at $13.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $22,000 – $32,000.

Government data indicates that there will be more than enough job seekers for this profession for the near future. Jobs in this occupation may pay at the minimum wage rates.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Receptionists and Switchboard Operators in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 14.0019.7127.542015
Edmonton – Alberta* 14.0019.2327.752015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 10.5015.8722.502014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.0016.0024.002014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1)11.0015.9921.662014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 10.7014.5020.252014
Toronto – Ontario 11.2515.0024.452013
Ottawa – Ontario 11.2515.00 25.002014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 11.25 16.0023.102014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.2516.0025.002014
Prince Edward Island10.7513.0021.882014
Montreal – Quebec 10.8315.00 21.382014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan12.0017.0021.672014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Greeting visitors, clients or patients, and notifying appropriate staff of their arrival
›› Operating a telephone system or switchboard to answer and forward telephone calls
›› Making appointments for clients or patients
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for office support occupations, which includes receptionists and switchboard operators, is $20.31. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $769, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $40,000.

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Administrative Clerks
Administrative Officers
Customer Service Information and Related Clerks
General Office Clerks
Supervisors, General Office and Administrative Support Clerks
Supervisors, Finance and Insurance Clerks

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