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Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a person working in Switzerland make?

Average Yearly Salary
195,000 CHF
( 16,300 CHF monthly)


A person working in Switzerland typically earns around 195,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 26,400 CHF (lowest) to 864,000 CHF (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Switzerland range between 26,400 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 864,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 191,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 191,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 191,000 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 the population are earning less than 97,900 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 97,900 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 507,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 507,000 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 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

Salary Trend and Forecast in Switzerland

How are Switzerland salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Switzerland
Average Salary 2016
173,000 CHF
Average Salary 2017+4%
180,000 CHF
Average Salary 2018+2%
183,000 CHF
Average Salary 2019+3%
188,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant139,000 CHF
Accounting Assistant135,000 CHF
Accounting Manager252,000 CHF
Bookkeeper108,000 CHF
Chartered Accountant171,000 CHF
Corporate Treasurer364,000 CHF
Financial Analyst203,000 CHF
Financial Manager408,000 CHF
Internal Auditor207,000 CHF

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant103,000 CHF
Office Manager139,000 CHF
Receptionist114,000 CHF
Secretary102,000 CHF

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director189,000 CHF
Creative Director211,000 CHF
Graphic Designer136,000 CHF
Photographer136,000 CHF

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer211,000 CHF
Air Traffic Controller198,000 CHF
Flight Attendant173,000 CHF
Pilot226,000 CHF

Architect182,000 CHF
CAD Drafter143,000 CHF

Mechanic109,000 CHF
Service Advisor151,000 CHF

Bank Branch Manager296,000 CHF
Teller136,000 CHF

Teacher149,000 CHF
Translator171,000 CHF

Business Planning
Business Analyst228,000 CHF
Business Development Manager312,000 CHF
Project Manager226,000 CHF

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny121,000 CHF
Nursery Teacher138,000 CHF

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer184,000 CHF
Construction Project Manager244,000 CHF
Health and Safety Officer121,000 CHF

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative133,000 CHF
Customer Service Manager252,000 CHF
Customer Service Representative136,000 CHF

Civil Engineer182,000 CHF
Electrical Engineer203,000 CHF
Engineer173,000 CHF
Mechanical Engineer197,000 CHF

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer468,000 CHF
Chief Financial Officer417,000 CHF
General Manager336,000 CHF
Project Manager227,000 CHF

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef154,000 CHF
Executive Chef170,000 CHF
Hotel Manager295,000 CHF
Receptionist142,000 CHF
Travel Agent164,000 CHF
Waiter / Waitress122,000 CHF

Health and Medical
Dentist470,000 CHF
Dietitian464,000 CHF
Laboratory Technician152,000 CHF
Nurse158,000 CHF

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager264,000 CHF
Human Resources Officer163,000 CHF

Information Technology
Computer Technician159,000 CHF
Database Administrator194,000 CHF
Developer / Programmer171,000 CHF
Information Technology Manager296,000 CHF
Network Engineer173,000 CHF

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer156,000 CHF

Attorney282,000 CHF
Legal Assistant141,000 CHF

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist203,000 CHF

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer165,000 CHF
Pharmacist221,000 CHF

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier117,000 CHF
Sales Manager309,000 CHF
Sales Representative130,000 CHF

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher133,000 CHF
Secondary School Teacher159,000 CHF

Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

94 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 94 CHF. This means that the average person in Switzerland earns approximatly 94 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel207,000 CHF
Bern200,000 CHF
Biel181,000 CHF
Geneve211,000 CHF
Lausanne204,000 CHF
Lugano185,000 CHF
Luzern193,000 CHF
St. Gallen189,000 CHF
Winterthur196,000 CHF
Zurich215,000 CHF
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