mean salary in switzerland

mean salary in switzerland

Mean salary

The salary depends highly on the sector, on education, on age and on the canton (region). The following data means the median value, calculated on a weekly 40 hours basis (source: FOS).

  • Median: The monthly median gross salary of jobholders (all education levels, all ages) amounted 2010 in Switzerland to 5,979 CHF. Only 10.7% of the jobs are paid less than 4,000 CHF.

  • Salary for university graduates: The salary of jobholders with a university degree is much higher: Universities: 10,349 CHF, universities of applied sciences: 8,968 CHF (median, all ages).

  • Salary in R&D: In the sector R&D, the monthly mean gross salary (median, all education levels, all ages) amounted 2010 in Switzerland to 9,633 CHF for jobs with highly difficult, skilled and independent tasks.

  • Salary per industry sector: The salaries in the sectors R&D (8,498 CHF), telecommunication (8,527 CHF), public administration (8,743 CHF), pharmaceutical industry (8,941 CHF) und banking (9,357 CHF) are higher than the median salary. For the highest skilled jobs, the salaries are even higher (class of insurance: 14,919 CHF, banking: 16,724 CHF, pharmaceutical industry: 17,156 CHF und in der tobacco industry: 22,000 CHF, maschine industry: 10,324 CHF, health sector: 9,750 CHF, and building industry: 8138 CHF (all education levels, all ages).

  • Salary for foreigners: Highly skilled foreigners earn more than Swiss. Highly skilled Swiss jobholders earned 2010 11,026 CHF, whereas residents earned 12’303 CHF, short-term residents 15,100 CHF, and temporary residents 13’650 CHF. Only border crosser earned less (10,931 CHF) (median, all education levels, all ages).
  • nationality
    Swiss residents short temporary residents
    11,026 12’303 15,100

Monthly gross salary (CHF), median, university graduates and sectors, 2010

university graduates
Univer-sities Univ of applied sciences
10,349 8,968


pharma banking
8,498 8,527 8,941 9,357

All ages, all job levels (source: FOS)

Salary estimator

Your salary depends on your education, on the field you are working in, on the region, on your experience and on the company. You can calculate the monthly mean gross salary that you can expect in Switzerland with the salary calculater (only in German and French).

Prices and earnings in comparision with other countries

"Prices and earnings" compare prices, incomes, income taxes, purchasing power, working hours and vacation days for 71 major cities across the globe.

  • Salary: Switzerland pays out the most, with Zürich and Geneva leading the rankings for gross wages.

  • Prices: Prices for consumer goods, housing and health insurance are, partly due to the relatively high level of salaries in Switzerland, very high.

  • Purchasing power: People working in Zurich have the highest purchasing power in the world. They can afford the most domestically in relation to the other cities surveyed.

Poverty level

  • The poverty level in Switzerland is defined as a monthly income of 2,300 CHF for singles, 3’900 CHF for a single mother/fahter with two children and 4,800 CHF for a couple with two children.

  • All persons in Switzerland aged between 20 and 59 living in a household whose monthly income after deduction of social security and taxes is below the poverty level are considered as poor.

  • People working at least one hour per week and living in a household with at least a full weekly workload (i.e. all household members work together at least 36 hours per week) are called working poor.

  • The working poor rate for all people living in Switzerland aged between 20 and 59 amounted in 2008 to 3.8% corresponding to 118,000 persons.


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