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Electrical Engineer Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does an Electrical Engineer make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
203,000 CHF
( 16,900 CHF monthly)


A person working as an Electrical Engineer in Switzerland typically earns around 203,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 105,000 CHF (lowest) to 310,000 CHF (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Electrical Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Electrical Engineer Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Electrical Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Electrical Engineer salaries in Switzerland range from 105,000 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 310,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 195,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 195,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 195,000 CHF. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 135,000 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 135,000 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 242,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 242,000 CHF.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Switzerland Electrical Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Electrical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Electrical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 120,000 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 161,000 CHF per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 209,000 CHF per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Electrical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 253,000 CHF per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 276,000 CHF per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 291,000 CHF per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Electrical Engineer average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
120,000 CHF
2 - 5 Years+34%
161,000 CHF
5 - 10 Years+30%
209,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+21%
253,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+9%
276,000 CHF
20+ Years+5%
291,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Electrical Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Electrical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Electrical Engineer is 169,000 CHF per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 234,000 CHF per year, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Electrical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

Bachelor's Degree
169,000 CHF
Master's Degree+39%
234,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Switzerland costs anywhere from 81,300 Swiss Franc(s) to 244,000 Swiss Franc(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Electrical Engineer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Electrical Engineer employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts.

199,000 CHF
207,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Electrical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Electrical Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Switzerland / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Switzerland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Switzerland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Electrical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Electrical Engineer
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An Electrical Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Electrical Engineer employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
191,000 CHF
Public Sector+4%
199,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Electrical Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Switzerland

How are Electrical Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Switzerland Electrical Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
180,000 CHF
Average Salary 2017+4%
187,000 CHF
Average Salary 2018+2%
190,000 CHF
Average Salary 2019+3%
196,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Electrical Engineer salaries in Switzerland are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Electrical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

98 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 98 CHF. This means that the average Electrical Engineer in Switzerland earns approximately 98 CHF for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Electrical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Electrical Engineer and Engineering yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Electrical Engineer is 17% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer190,000 CHF-6%
Assembly Engineering Technician157,000 CHF-23%
Assistant Chief Engineer193,000 CHF-5%
Associate Engineer168,000 CHF-17%
Autocad Operator142,000 CHF-30%
Automation Engineer190,000 CHF-6%
Avionic System Support Engineer172,000 CHF-15%
Biochemical Engineer192,000 CHF-5%
BMS Engineer198,000 CHF-2%
Bridge and Lock Tender180,000 CHF-11%
Broadcast Engineer200,000 CHF-1%
CAD Design Engineer166,000 CHF-18%
CAD Designer139,000 CHF-31%
CAE Engineer175,000 CHF-14%
Ceramics Engineer178,000 CHF-12%
Civil Engineer182,000 CHF-10%
Commissioning Engineer176,000 CHF-13%
Communications Engineer190,000 CHF-6%
Condition Monitoring Engineer158,000 CHF-22%
Contract Associate Engineer182,000 CHF-10%
Control Systems Engineer182,000 CHF-10%
Controls Engineer186,000 CHF-8%
Controls Software Engineer179,000 CHF-12%
Corrosion Engineer169,000 CHF-17%
Design Engineer199,000 CHF-2%
Drafter128,000 CHF-37%
Drafting Manager194,000 CHF-4%
Drilling Engineer180,000 CHF-11%
Electrical Draughtsman109,000 CHF-46%
Electrical Engineer203,000 CHF+0%
Electrical Engineering Manager216,000 CHF+7%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist190,000 CHF-6%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler166,000 CHF-18%
Energy Engineer209,000 CHF+3%
Engine Assembler129,000 CHF-36%
Engineer173,000 CHF-15%
Engineering Account Manager170,000 CHF-16%
Engineering Chief Designer186,000 CHF-8%
Engineering Consultant212,000 CHF+5%
Engineering Key Account Manager214,000 CHF+6%
Engineering Lab Technician158,000 CHF-22%
Engineering Planning Manager232,000 CHF+14%
Engineering Production Manager232,000 CHF+14%
Engineering Project Analyst203,000 CHF+0%
Engineering Project Coordinator 185,000 CHF-9%
Engineering Project Director230,000 CHF+13%
Engineering Project Manager232,000 CHF+14%
Engineering Research and Development Manager218,000 CHF+7%
Engineering Safety Coordinator165,000 CHF-19%
Engineering Sales Manager225,000 CHF+11%
Engineering Technician170,000 CHF-16%
Engineering Technologist160,000 CHF-21%
Environmental Engineer184,000 CHF-9%
Equipment Engineer171,000 CHF-16%
Equipment Engineering Manager210,000 CHF+4%
Estimator169,000 CHF-17%
Fabrication Specialist158,000 CHF-22%
Fabricator139,000 CHF-31%
Facade Engineer190,000 CHF-6%
Fiber Analyst156,000 CHF-23%
Field Engineer175,000 CHF-14%
Field Engineering Manager232,000 CHF+14%
Fire Engineer193,000 CHF-5%
Fitter and Turner101,000 CHF-50%
Forestry Strategic Planner205,000 CHF+1%
Generation Engineer215,000 CHF+6%
Genetic Engineer216,000 CHF+7%
Geological Engineer212,000 CHF+5%
Geotechnical Engineer209,000 CHF+3%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic151,000 CHF-26%
Highway Engineer173,000 CHF-15%
HSE Professional159,000 CHF-22%
HVAC Engineer195,000 CHF-4%
HVAC Supervisor176,000 CHF-13%
Industrial Engineer166,000 CHF-18%
Industrial Engineering Technologist175,000 CHF-14%
Instrument Engineer192,000 CHF-5%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer195,000 CHF-4%
Instrumentation Engineer197,000 CHF-3%
Instrumentation Manager230,000 CHF+13%
Irrigation Engineer168,000 CHF-17%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer182,000 CHF-10%
Locomotive Engineer178,000 CHF-12%
Maintenance Engineer167,000 CHF-18%
Maintenance Fitter114,000 CHF-44%
Maintenance Manager217,000 CHF+7%
Manufacturing Engineer194,000 CHF-4%
Marine Engineer166,000 CHF-18%
Materials Engineer175,000 CHF-14%
Materials Researcher192,000 CHF-5%
Materials Technician175,000 CHF-14%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer192,000 CHF-5%
Mechanical Design Engineer195,000 CHF-4%
Mechanical Designer172,000 CHF-15%
Mechanical Engineer197,000 CHF-3%
Mechanical Engineering Manager232,000 CHF+14%
Mechanical Inspector181,000 CHF-11%
Mechatronics Engineer173,000 CHF-15%
Mining Engineer167,000 CHF-18%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer213,000 CHF+5%
Optical Engineer175,000 CHF-14%
Optical Instrument Assembler159,000 CHF-22%
PCB Assembler130,000 CHF-36%
Photonics Engineer204,000 CHF+1%
Photonics Technician167,000 CHF-18%
Pipeline Engineer168,000 CHF-17%
Piping Designer150,000 CHF-26%
Piping Engineer171,000 CHF-16%
Planning Engineer180,000 CHF-11%
Pressure Vessel Inspector118,000 CHF-42%
Principal Cost Engineer204,000 CHF+1%
Principal Engineer190,000 CHF-6%
Principal Support Engineer168,000 CHF-17%
Process Engineer169,000 CHF-17%
Process Operator147,000 CHF-28%
Product Development Engineer187,000 CHF-8%
Product Development Technician163,000 CHF-20%
Product Engineer170,000 CHF-16%
Product Safety Engineer170,000 CHF-16%
Production Engineer196,000 CHF-3%
Project Engineer184,000 CHF-9%
Proposal Manager217,000 CHF+7%
Purchasing Engineer171,000 CHF-16%
Quality Assurance Engineer173,000 CHF-15%
Rail Engineer175,000 CHF-14%
Robotics Engineer217,000 CHF+7%
Robotics Technician180,000 CHF-11%
Safety Engineer174,000 CHF-14%
Safety Inspector159,000 CHF-22%
Safety Manager192,000 CHF-5%
Safety Officer147,000 CHF-28%
Sales Engineer171,000 CHF-16%
Scheduling Engineer159,000 CHF-22%
Service Engineer201,000 CHF-1%
Solar Engineer185,000 CHF-9%
Staff Engineer175,000 CHF-14%
Static Equipment Engineer175,000 CHF-14%
Stationary Engineer164,000 CHF-19%
Stress Engineer174,000 CHF-14%
Structural Analysis Engineer176,000 CHF-13%
Structural Designer161,000 CHF-21%
Structural Engineer180,000 CHF-11%
Structural Technician150,000 CHF-26%
Supply Chain Specialist190,000 CHF-6%
Surveyor139,000 CHF-31%
Technical Affairs Officer142,000 CHF-30%
Technical Assistant151,000 CHF-26%
Technical Engineer159,000 CHF-22%
Technical Support Engineer161,000 CHF-21%
Tender Engineer170,000 CHF-16%
Test Development Engineer183,000 CHF-10%
Transportation Engineer189,000 CHF-7%
Validation Engineer173,000 CHF-15%
Verification Engineer172,000 CHF-15%
Wastewater Engineer169,000 CHF-17%
Wind Energy Engineer183,000 CHF-10%
Wind Energy Operations Manager214,000 CHF+6%
Work Planner143,000 CHF-29%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel210,000 CHF
Bern194,000 CHF
Biel185,000 CHF
Geneve202,000 CHF
Lausanne210,000 CHF
Lugano178,000 CHF
Luzern193,000 CHF
St. Gallen178,000 CHF
Winterthur194,000 CHF
Zurich214,000 CHF
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