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Power Plant Operator Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a Power Plant Operator make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
99,800 CHF
( 8,320 CHF monthly)


A person working as a Power Plant Operator in Switzerland typically earns around 99,800 CHF per year. Salaries range from 48,900 CHF (lowest) to 156,000 CHF (highest).

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

Power Plant Operator Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Power Plant Operator
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Power Plant Operator salaries in Switzerland range from 48,900 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 156,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 102,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 102,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 102,000 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 Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 67,800 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 67,800 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 131,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 131,000 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

Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Switzerland Power Plant Operator
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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 Power Plant Operator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Power Plant Operator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 58,000 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 74,600 CHF per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 103,000 CHF per year, 38% 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, Power Plant Operator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 127,000 CHF per year, 24% 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 137,000 CHF per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 146,000 CHF per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Power Plant Operator average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
58,000 CHF
2 - 5 Years+29%
74,600 CHF
5 - 10 Years+38%
103,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+24%
127,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+7%
137,000 CHF
20+ Years+7%
146,000 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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Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly Switzerland Power Plant Operator
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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 Power Plant Operator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Power Plant Operator is 74,600 CHF per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 107,000 CHF per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 147,000 CHF per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Power Plant Operator average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

High School
74,600 CHF
Certificate or Diploma+43%
107,000 CHF
Bachelor's Degree+38%
147,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Power Plant Operator
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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 Power Plant Operator employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

102,000 CHF
97,800 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Power Plant Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Power Plant Operator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Power Plant Operator(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 14 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

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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Power Plant Operator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Power Plant Operator
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A Power Plant Operator 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.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Power Plant Operator Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

48 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 48 CHF. This means that the average Power Plant Operator in Switzerland earns approximately 48 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.

Power Plant Operator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Power Plant Operator and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Power Plant Operator is 10% less than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

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Chief Contract Compliance Engineer119,000 CHF+19%
Completions Engineer115,000 CHF+15%
Cost Controller88,000 CHF-12%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative130,000 CHF+30%
Dispatcher48,900 CHF-51%
Distribution Manager165,000 CHF+65%
Dragline Operator54,000 CHF-46%
Driller Offsider42,200 CHF-58%
Dump Truck Driver45,600 CHF-54%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager269,000 CHF+170%
Energy Advisor173,000 CHF+73%
Energy Analyst162,000 CHF+62%
Energy Auditor144,000 CHF+44%
Energy Dispatch Director205,000 CHF+110%
Energy Technical Assistant71,500 CHF-28%
Energy Technical Manager148,000 CHF+48%
Energy Technical Trainer103,000 CHF+3%
Exploration Manager210,000 CHF+110%
Field Safety Auditor127,000 CHF+27%
Fluids Engineer115,000 CHF+15%
Fuel Cell Engineer119,000 CHF+19%
Fuel Cell Technician57,100 CHF-43%
Fuels Handler56,400 CHF-44%
Gas Compressor Operator52,900 CHF-47%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator98,900 CHF-1%
Gas Supply Manager186,000 CHF+86%
Geologist201,000 CHF+100%
Geophysicist217,000 CHF+120%
Geothermal Production Manager192,000 CHF+92%
Geothermal Technician79,300 CHF-21%
HSE Engineer114,000 CHF+14%
HSE Officer69,800 CHF-30%
HSEQ Administrator82,700 CHF-17%
Inspector104,000 CHF+4%
Instructor97,000 CHF-3%
Instrument Designer90,300 CHF-10%
Lead Technical Field Advisor149,000 CHF+49%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator101,000 CHF+1%
Maintenance Engineer115,000 CHF+15%
Maintenance Superintendent107,000 CHF+7%
Material Controller77,900 CHF-22%
Mine Engineer109,000 CHF+9%
Mine Surveyor126,000 CHF+26%
Mining Project Administrator102,000 CHF+2%
Mining Project Assistant83,400 CHF-16%
Mining Project Controls Consultant133,000 CHF+33%
Mining Project Coordinator102,000 CHF+2%
Mining Project Engineer116,000 CHF+16%
Mining Project Manager143,000 CHF+43%
Mining Site Manager162,000 CHF+62%
Mining Team Leader129,000 CHF+29%
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Oil Service Unit Operator63,900 CHF-36%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel106,000 CHF
Bern101,000 CHF
Biel91,000 CHF
Geneve108,000 CHF
Lausanne103,000 CHF
Lugano93,000 CHF
Luzern97,100 CHF
St. Gallen95,200 CHF
Winterthur99,300 CHF
Zurich110,000 CHF

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
121,000 CHF
Public Sector+4%
126,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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