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Doctor / Physician Average Salaries in Switzerland 2023

How much money does a person working in Doctor / Physician make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
291,000 CHF
( 24,300 CHF monthly)


A person working in Doctor / Physician in Switzerland typically earns around 291,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 107,000 CHF (lowest average) to 492,000 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 Doctor / Physician careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide182,000 CHF
Advanced Practice Provider175,000 CHF
Allergist233,000 CHF
Behavioral Health Specialist144,000 CHF
Chiropractor147,000 CHF
Clinical Psychologist408,000 CHF
Correctional Treatment Specialist235,000 CHF
Counseling Psychologist307,000 CHF
Dermatologist396,000 CHF
Dietitian257,000 CHF
Doctor323,000 CHF
Emergency Department Physician288,000 CHF
Exercise Physiologist307,000 CHF
Forensic Pathologist326,000 CHF
General Medical Practitioner260,000 CHF
Genetic Counselor200,000 CHF
Internist416,000 CHF
Interventionist365,000 CHF
Invasive Cardiologist492,000 CHF
Mental Health Therapst215,000 CHF
Naturopathic Physician384,000 CHF
Neurologist372,000 CHF
Neurophysiology Technologist114,000 CHF
Nuclear Medicine Physician329,000 CHF
Obstetrician / Gynecologist348,000 CHF
Occupational Health Safety Specialist180,000 CHF
Ophthalmologist261,000 CHF
Optometrist269,000 CHF
Pediatrician310,000 CHF
Physical Therapist212,000 CHF
Physical Therapy Director247,000 CHF
Physician - Anesthesiology466,000 CHF
Physician - Cardiology456,000 CHF
Physician - CCU261,000 CHF
Physician - Dermatology372,000 CHF
Physician - Emergency Room282,000 CHF
Physician - Endocrinology364,000 CHF
Physician - Family Practice256,000 CHF
Physician - Gastroenterology351,000 CHF
Physician - Generalist284,000 CHF
Physician - Geriatrics247,000 CHF
Physician - Hematology / Oncology349,000 CHF
Physician - Immunology / Allergy369,000 CHF
Physician - Infectious Disease318,000 CHF
Physician - Internal Medicine392,000 CHF
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine317,000 CHF
Physician - Nephrology392,000 CHF
Physician - Neurology396,000 CHF
Physician - Nuclear Medicine339,000 CHF
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology363,000 CHF
Physician - Occupational Medicine283,000 CHF
Physician - Ophthalmology243,000 CHF
Physician - Otolaryngology230,000 CHF
Physician - Pain Medicine217,000 CHF
Physician - Pathology279,000 CHF
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology348,000 CHF
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology336,000 CHF
Physician - Pediatrics307,000 CHF
Physician - Physiatry338,000 CHF
Physician - Podiatry313,000 CHF
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine250,000 CHF
Physician - Radiation Therapy374,000 CHF
Physician - Radiology378,000 CHF
Physician - Rheumatology337,000 CHF
Physician - Sports Medicine337,000 CHF
Physician - Urology441,000 CHF
Physician Assistant208,000 CHF
Physiotherapist234,000 CHF
Podiatrist233,000 CHF
Preventive Medicine Physician301,000 CHF
Psychiatrist319,000 CHF
Psychololgist333,000 CHF
Psychometrician288,000 CHF
Radiologist338,000 CHF
Registered Respiratory Therapist202,000 CHF
Skin Care Specialist182,000 CHF
Urologist450,000 CHF
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist212,000 CHF

Doctor / Physician Jobs Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Doctor / Physician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Doctor / Physician salaries in Switzerland range from 107,000 CHF per year (minimum average salary) to 492,000 CHF per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 280,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 280,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 280,000 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 people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 174,000 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 174,000 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 370,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 370,000 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.

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.

Doctor / Physician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Doctor / Physician
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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 employees in Switzerland who work in Doctor / Physician earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

297,000 CHF
285,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland
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Doctor / Physician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Doctor / Physician professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Doctor / Physician

Doctor / Physician professionals in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Switzerland Doctor / Physician
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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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Switzerland for the year 2022. 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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Doctor / Physician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Doctor / Physician
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Doctor / Physician is considered to be a high 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.

22% of surveyed staff in Doctor / Physician reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 78% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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.

Doctor / Physician Hourly Average Wage in Switzerland

140 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 140 CHF. This means that the average person in Switzerland earns approximately 140 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.

Doctor / Physician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Doctor / Physician and Health and Medical yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Doctor / Physician is 57% more than that of Health and Medical. Also, Health and Medical salaries are 49% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel310,000 CHF
Bern298,000 CHF
Biel271,000 CHF
Geneve315,000 CHF
Lausanne304,000 CHF
Lugano276,000 CHF
Luzern288,000 CHF
St. Gallen282,000 CHF
Winterthur293,000 CHF
Zurich321,000 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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