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 Edmonton, Alberta at $20.19 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Ottawa – Ontario at $15.75 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 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* 13.8819.2328.852017
Edmonton – Alberta* 15.0020.1928.842017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 12.0019.0026.02016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 11.5016.0023.642016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1)11.0015.9322.002016
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1) 11.0016.0022.002016
Toronto – Ontario 11.6016.0025.642016
Ottawa – Ontario 11.6015.75 25.002016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 11.75 17.0025.642016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 11.6016.0025.002016
Prince Edward Island11.2516.4124.502016
Montreal – Quebec 11.2517.00 22.382016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan12.5018.0025.642016


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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for office support occupations, which includes receptionists and switchboard operators, is $22.13. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $805, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $42,000.

Number in employment

There are over 160,000 receptionists working in Canada.

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