mean salary in switzerland

mean salary in switzerland

The salary depends highly on the sector, on education, on age and on the canton (region). The following data means the median value. That means, that 50% of the employees earn more and 50% earn less. The median salaries are calculated on a weekly 40 hours basis (source: FOS).

Median Gross Salary

The monthly median gross salary of job holders in private and public sector (all education levels, all ages) amounted 2016 in Switzerland to 6’502 CHF. In private sector, the salaries amounted to 6’235 CHF, in public sector the salaries amounted to 7’873 CHF.

Salary for university graduates

The monthly median gross salary for job holder with a university degree (UNI/ETH) amounted 2016 to 9’920 CHF (all ages, male and female). The monthly salary of job holders from the upper management even amounted to 9’920 CHF in 2016 and the salary of jobholders from the lower management amounted to 10’732 CHF.

Them monthly salary (median) for job holders from universities of applied sciences amounted to 8’800 CHF (all ages, male and female) in 2016. Job holders from the upper management earned 11’306 CHF and job holders from the lower management 9’587 CHF.

In the R&D sector amounted the monthly median salary of the upper management to 15’392 CHF in 2016 (median).

Salary per industry sector

The salaries in Switzerland are very different, depending on the industry sector. In the following sectors, the salary is much more higher than the median salary (all ages, all levels of education): Insurance: 8’762 CHF, information technology and information services: 8’900 CHF, financial services: 9’742 CHF and pharmaceutical industry: 9’835 CHF.

The highest executive salaries earned job holders in 2016 in the pharmaceutical industry: 23’164 CHF, in the financial service: 20’034 CHF and the Insurance industry: 18’957 CHF.

Salary for foreigners

In 2016, highly skilled foreigners earned more than Swiss. Highly skilled Swiss jobholders earned 10’136 CHF in 2016, whereas residents earned 12’247 CHF and border crosser earned 10’750 CHF.

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 calculator (only in German and French).

Prices and earnings compared to other countries

"Prices and earnings" (UBS) 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 in 2106.

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

In 2017, the poverty level in Switzerland is defined as a monthly income of 2’259 CHF for singles, and 3’990 CHF for a couple with two children under 14 years.

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.


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