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Physiotherapist Average Salary in Switzerland 2019

How much money does a Physiotherapist make in Switzerland?

17,839 CHF per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Physiotherapist in Switzerland typically earns around 17,839 CHF per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Physiotherapist salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Physiotherapist Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution monthly Switzerland Physiotherapist

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Physiotherapist salaries in Switzerland range between 8,384 CHF per month (minimum salary) to 26,402 CHF per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 17,482 CHF per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Physiotherapist are earning less than 17,482 CHF while the other half are earning more than 17,482 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.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Physiotherapist are earning less than 11,640 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 11,640 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Physiotherapist are earning less than 21,064 CHF while 25% are earning more than 21,064 CHF.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Physiotherapist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
9,645 CHF
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
13,249 CHF
5 - 10 Years    +12%  
14,870 CHF
10 - 15 Years    +22%  
18,114 CHF
15 - 20 Years    +18%  
21,357 CHF
20+ Years    +16%  
24,690 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Physiotherapist salaries by experience level. A Physiotherapist with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 9,645 CHF per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,249 CHF per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 14,870 CHF per month, 12% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Physiotherapist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 18,114 CHF per month, 22% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 21,357 CHF per month, 18% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 24,690 CHF per month, 16% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Switzerland Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
12,168 CHF
Bachelor's Degree    +47%  
17,843 CHF
Master's Degree    +15%  
20,546 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Physiotherapist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Physiotherapist is 12,168 CHF per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 17,843 CHF per month, 47% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 20,546 CHF per month, 15% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Switzerland Physiotherapist


Physiotherapist Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
16,679 CHF
Male    +16%  
19,266 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Physiotherapist employees in Switzerland earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Switzerland Physiotherapist

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
15,787 CHF
Public Sector    +28%  
20,158 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Physiotherapist employees in Switzerland earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Switzerland Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist Salary Trend and Forecast in Switzerland

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Switzerland Physiotherapist
Average Salary 2016    =  
16,421 CHF
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
17,029 CHF
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
17,353 CHF
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
17,839 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Physiotherapist salaries in Switzerland are on the rise in the year 2019 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 continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Physiotherapist Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

103 CHF per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland for Physiotherapist is 103 CHF. This means that the average Physiotherapist in Switzerland earns approximatly 103 CHF for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Physiotherapist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Physiotherapist and Health and Medical monthly SwitzerlandWe compared Switzerland salaries for Physiotherapist, Health and Medical, and All Jobs and we found that Physiotherapist salaries are 35% more than those of Health and Medical. We also found out that Health and Medical salaries are 39% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide10,354 CHF-42%
Advanced Practice Provider11,811 CHF-34%
Allergist17,724 CHF-1%
Behavioral Health Specialist11,329 CHF-36%
Chiropractor10,525 CHF-41%
Clinical Psychologist31,062 CHF+74%
Correctional Treatment Specialist17,906 CHF+0%
Counseling Psychologist23,375 CHF+31%
Dermatologist35,130 CHF+97%
Dietitian22,584 CHF+27%
Doctor24,607 CHF+38%
Emergency Department Physician18,272 CHF+2%
Exercise Physiologist23,375 CHF+31%
Forensic Pathologist24,813 CHF+39%
General Medical Practitioner19,003 CHF+7%
Genetic Counselor15,202 CHF-15%
Internist31,671 CHF+78%
Interventionist27,773 CHF+56%
Invasive Cardiologist37,421 CHF+110%
Mental Health Therapst16,372 CHF-8%
Naturopathic Physician29,235 CHF+64%
Neurologist25,458 CHF+43%
Neurophysiology Technologist11,679 CHF-35%
Nuclear Medicine Physician24,119 CHF+35%
Obstetrician / Gynecologist25,325 CHF+42%
Occupational Health Safety Specialist12,918 CHF-28%
Ophthalmologist19,880 CHF+11%
Optometrist20,502 CHF+15%
Pediatrician23,607 CHF+32%
Physical Therapist16,152 CHF-9%
Physical Therapy Director18,820 CHF+5%
Physician - Anesthesiology35,471 CHF+99%
Physician - Cardiology34,717 CHF+95%
Physician - CCU19,880 CHF+11%
Physician - Dermatology28,358 CHF+59%
Physician - Emergency Room21,488 CHF+20%
Physician - Endocrinology27,737 CHF+55%
Physician - Family Practice19,490 CHF+9%
Physician - Gastroenterology26,697 CHF+50%
Physician - Generalist21,743 CHF+22%
Physician - Geriatrics18,820 CHF+5%
Physician - Hematology / Oncology26,604 CHF+49%
Physician - Immunology / Allergy28,066 CHF+57%
Physician - Infectious Disease24,222 CHF+36%
Physician - Internal Medicine29,844 CHF+67%
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine24,119 CHF+35%
Physician - Nephrology22,536 CHF+26%
Physician - Neurology30,143 CHF+69%
Physician - Nuclear Medicine25,843 CHF+45%
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology26,348 CHF+48%
Physician - Occupational Medicine21,537 CHF+21%
Physician - Ophthalmology18,515 CHF+4%
Physician - Otolaryngology17,541 CHF-2%
Physician - Pain Medicine16,543 CHF-7%
Physician - Pathology21,249 CHF+19%
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology26,530 CHF+49%
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology25,581 CHF+43%
Physician - Pediatrics23,375 CHF+31%
Physician - Physiatry25,720 CHF+44%
Physician - Podiatry23,838 CHF+34%
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine19,003 CHF+7%
Physician - Radiation Therapy28,930 CHF+62%
Physician - Radiology29,235 CHF+64%
Physician - Rheumatology25,640 CHF+44%
Physician - Sports Medicine25,666 CHF+44%
Physician - Urology33,766 CHF+89%
Physician Assistant15,835 CHF-11%
Physiotherapist17,839 CHF=
Podiatrist17,724 CHF-1%
Preventive Medicine Physician22,912 CHF+28%
Psychiatrist24,302 CHF+36%
Psychololgist24,119 CHF+35%
Psychometrician21,926 CHF+23%
Radiologist25,726 CHF+44%
Registered Respiratory Therapist15,360 CHF-14%
Skin Care Specialist13,887 CHF-22%
Urologist34,448 CHF+93%
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist16,152 CHF-9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel17,936 CHF
Bern17,547 CHF
Biel15,762 CHF
Geneve19,876 CHF
Lausanne18,185 CHF
Lugano15,839 CHF
Luzern17,967 CHF
St. Gallen17,329 CHF
Winterthur17,768 CHF
Zurich19,934 CHF
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