A person working in Nursing in Switzerland typically earns around 120,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 76,800 CHF (lowest average) to 230,000 CHF (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Nursing careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acute Care Nurse||112,000 CHF|
|Assistant Director of Nursing||175,000 CHF|
|Case Manager||144,000 CHF|
|Company Nurse||83,200 CHF|
|Critical Care Nurse||116,000 CHF|
|District Nurse||97,700 CHF|
|Head Nurse||115,000 CHF|
|Home Nurse||94,100 CHF|
|ICU Registered Nurse||108,000 CHF|
|Informatics Nurse Specialist||106,000 CHF|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||96,800 CHF|
|MDS Coordinator||116,000 CHF|
|Mental Health Nurse||105,000 CHF|
|Neonatal Nurse Practitioner||147,000 CHF|
|Nurse Midwife||121,000 CHF|
|Nurse Practitioner||127,000 CHF|
|Nursing Assistant||93,900 CHF|
|Nursing Coordinator||124,000 CHF|
|Nursing Director||228,000 CHF|
|Nursing Services Instructor||111,000 CHF|
|Nursing Supervisor||149,000 CHF|
|Occupational Health Advisor||188,000 CHF|
|Occupational Therapist||155,000 CHF|
|Personal Support Worker||76,000 CHF|
|Psychiatric Nurse||95,000 CHF|
|Registered Nurse||97,900 CHF|
|Respiratory Manager||194,000 CHF|
|School Nurse||90,300 CHF|
|Staff Nurse||98,800 CHF|
|Theatre Manager||169,000 CHF|
|Utilization Review Nurse||105,000 CHF|
Nursing salaries in Switzerland range from 76,800 CHF per year (minimum average salary) to 230,000 CHF per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 129,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Nursing are earning less than 129,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 129,000 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Nursing are earning less than 92,700 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 92,700 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Nursing are earning less than 194,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 194,000 CHF.
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
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.
Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.
Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.
As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.
Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Switzerland who work in Nursing earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.
Nursing professionals in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Switzerland for the year 2021. 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.
Nursing is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.
41% of surveyed staff in Nursing reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Nursing is 35% less than that of Health and Medical. Also, Health and Medical salaries are 49% more than those of All Jobs.
|St. Gallen||116,000 CHF|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.