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Elementary School Teacher Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does an Elementary School Teacher make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
133,000 CHF
( 11,100 CHF monthly)


A person working as an Elementary School Teacher in Switzerland typically earns around 133,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 65,300 CHF (lowest) to 208,000 CHF (highest).

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

Elementary School Teacher Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Elementary School Teacher
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Elementary School Teacher salaries in Switzerland range from 65,300 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 208,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 136,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 136,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 136,000 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 Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 90,600 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 90,600 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 175,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 175,000 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

Elementary School Teacher Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Switzerland Elementary School Teacher
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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 Elementary School Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Elementary School Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 77,500 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 99,600 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 137,000 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, Elementary School Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 170,000 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 182,000 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 194,000 CHF per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Elementary School Teacher average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
77,500 CHF
2 - 5 Years+29%
99,600 CHF
5 - 10 Years+38%
137,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+24%
170,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+7%
182,000 CHF
20+ Years+7%
194,000 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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Elementary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Elementary School Teacher(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Switzerland Elementary School Teacher
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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 Elementary School Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Elementary School Teacher is 96,700 CHF per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 155,000 CHF per year, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Elementary School Teacher average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

Bachelor's Degree
96,700 CHF
Master's Degree+60%
155,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Switzerland costs anywhere from 81,300 Swiss Franc(s) to 244,000 Swiss Franc(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Elementary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Elementary School Teacher
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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 Elementary School Teacher employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts.

131,000 CHF
136,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Elementary School Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Elementary School Teacher(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Elementary School Teacher

Elementary School Teacher(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Switzerland
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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

Information Technology

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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Elementary School Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Elementary School Teacher
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An Elementary School Teacher is considered to be a low 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.

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Elementary School Teacher employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
191,000 CHF
Public Sector+4%
199,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Elementary School Teacher Salary Trend and Forecast in Switzerland

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly Switzerland Elementary School Teacher
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Average Salary 2016
118,000 CHF
Average Salary 2017+4%
123,000 CHF
Average Salary 2018+3%
126,000 CHF
Average Salary 2019+2%
129,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Elementary School Teacher 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 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Elementary School Teacher Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

64 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 64 CHF. This means that the average Elementary School Teacher in Switzerland earns approximately 64 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.

Elementary School Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Elementary School Teacher and Teaching / Education yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Elementary School Teacher is 34% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 4% more than those of All Jobs.

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Academic Coach206,000 CHF+54%
Academic Manager245,000 CHF+84%
Academic Specialist187,000 CHF+40%
Academic Staff163,000 CHF+22%
Accompanist173,000 CHF+30%
Achievement Coach216,000 CHF+62%
Admissions Specialist178,000 CHF+33%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher158,000 CHF+18%
Anthropology Teacher162,000 CHF+21%
Arabic Language Teacher156,000 CHF+17%
Archeology Teacher171,000 CHF+28%
Architecture Teacher188,000 CHF+41%
Archivist147,000 CHF+10%
Art Teacher152,000 CHF+14%
Assistant School Principal218,000 CHF+63%
Assistant Teacher144,000 CHF+8%
Biochemistry Professor 250,000 CHF+87%
Biology Teacher172,000 CHF+29%
Bursary Scheme Manager203,000 CHF+52%
Business Teacher180,000 CHF+35%
Chemistry Teacher166,000 CHF+24%
Child Care Coordinator173,000 CHF+30%
Child Care Worker140,000 CHF+5%
Clinical School Psychologist240,000 CHF+80%
College Aide216,000 CHF+62%
College and Career Readiness Specialist231,000 CHF+73%
College President333,000 CHF+150%
Communications Teacher165,000 CHF+24%
Community Education Officer144,000 CHF+8%
Computer Science Teacher154,000 CHF+15%
Computer Teacher154,000 CHF+15%
Creative Writing Trainer192,000 CHF+44%
Credit Counselor205,000 CHF+54%
Cultural Studies Teacher154,000 CHF+15%
Curriculum Developer211,000 CHF+58%
Curriculum Specialist206,000 CHF+54%
Demonstrator150,000 CHF+12%
Deputy Controller of Examinations196,000 CHF+47%
Director of Learning Technology230,000 CHF+72%
Distance Learning Coordinator178,000 CHF+33%
Economics Lecturer276,000 CHF+110%
Education Administrator184,000 CHF+38%
Education Assistant Director215,000 CHF+61%
Education Assistant Principal175,000 CHF+31%
Education Assistant Professor226,000 CHF+69%
Education Consultant228,000 CHF+71%
Education Coordinator176,000 CHF+32%
Education Counselor195,000 CHF+46%
Education Director298,000 CHF+120%
Education Program Specialist206,000 CHF+54%
Education Researcher235,000 CHF+76%
Education Resource Specialist181,000 CHF+36%
Education Services Facilitator193,000 CHF+45%
Educational Psychologist263,000 CHF+97%
EFL Teacher173,000 CHF+30%
eLearning Trainer145,000 CHF+9%
Elementary School Teacher133,000 CHF-0%
Engineering Lecturer286,000 CHF+110%
Engineering Teacher235,000 CHF+76%
English Teacher158,000 CHF+18%
ESL Teacher173,000 CHF+30%
Faculty Assistant200,000 CHF+50%
Foreign Language Teacher159,000 CHF+19%
GED Teacher156,000 CHF+17%
Geography Teacher155,000 CHF+16%
Head of Mathematics Department216,000 CHF+62%
Head of School270,000 CHF+100%
High School Teacher190,000 CHF+42%
History Teacher168,000 CHF+26%
Infant Teacher123,000 CHF-8%
Instructional Assistant170,000 CHF+27%
Instructor189,000 CHF+42%
Kindergarten Teacher135,000 CHF+1%
Language Instructor For Expatriate137,000 CHF+3%
Law Teacher235,000 CHF+76%
Learning Designer200,000 CHF+50%
Lecturer247,000 CHF+85%
Librarian137,000 CHF+3%
Library Assistant116,000 CHF-13%
Library Director191,000 CHF+43%
Library Specialist149,000 CHF+12%
Life Sciences Teacher158,000 CHF+18%
Math Lecturer312,000 CHF+130%
Mathematics Teacher184,000 CHF+38%
Mentor191,000 CHF+43%
Middle School Teacher173,000 CHF+30%
Music Teacher152,000 CHF+14%
Nursery Manager255,000 CHF+91%
Nursery Worker107,000 CHF-20%
Paraprofessional230,000 CHF+72%
Physical Education Specialist190,000 CHF+42%
Physical Education Teacher143,000 CHF+7%
Physics Teacher 164,000 CHF+23%
Political Science Teacher171,000 CHF+28%
Post Doctoral Researcher270,000 CHF+100%
Preschool Education Administrator182,000 CHF+36%
Preschool Teacher136,000 CHF+2%
Primary School Teacher152,000 CHF+14%
Principal232,000 CHF+74%
Product Specialist188,000 CHF+41%
Professor - Accounting303,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Architecture311,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Biology304,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Business Administration299,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Chemical Engineering299,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Chemistry298,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Civil Engineering279,000 CHF+110%
Professor - Communication279,000 CHF+110%
Professor - Computer Science297,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Dentistry313,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Drama290,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Economics316,000 CHF+140%
Professor - Education314,000 CHF+140%
Professor - Electrical Engineering330,000 CHF+150%
Professor - English273,000 CHF+100%
Professor - Environmental Engineering295,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Foreign Languages276,000 CHF+110%
Professor - Geological Sciences289,000 CHF+120%
Professor - History295,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Industrial Engineering295,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Law323,000 CHF+140%
Professor - Legal Support291,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Liberal Arts306,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Marketing300,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Mathematics338,000 CHF+150%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering302,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Medical Administration307,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Medicine320,000 CHF+140%
Professor - Music270,000 CHF+100%
Professor - Nursing280,000 CHF+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences298,000 CHF+120%
Professor - Philosophy303,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Physical Therapy321,000 CHF+140%
Professor - Physics335,000 CHF+150%
Professor - Psychology307,000 CHF+130%
Professor - Rehabilitation261,000 CHF+96%
Professor - Social Work259,000 CHF+94%
Professor - Sociology286,000 CHF+110%
Professor - Special Education294,000 CHF+120%
Psychology Teacher233,000 CHF+75%
Public Management Assistant Professor245,000 CHF+84%
School Counselor234,000 CHF+75%
Science Educator166,000 CHF+24%
Science Laboratory Assistant144,000 CHF+8%
Science Teacher162,000 CHF+21%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher173,000 CHF+30%
Secondary School Teacher159,000 CHF+19%
Special Education Teacher180,000 CHF+35%
Special Needs Assistant148,000 CHF+11%
Statistics Lecturer296,000 CHF+120%
Student Accounts Coordinator157,000 CHF+18%
Student Development Specialist199,000 CHF+49%
Student Employment Specialist191,000 CHF+43%
Student Services144,000 CHF+8%
Student Support Manager200,000 CHF+50%
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Teacher155,000 CHF+16%
Teacher Aide135,000 CHF+1%
Teacher Trainer208,000 CHF+56%
Training and Development Specialist209,000 CHF+57%
Training Coordinator147,000 CHF+10%
Tutor164,000 CHF+23%
University Teacher287,000 CHF+120%
Vocational Education Teacher154,000 CHF+15%

Salary Comparison By City

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Bern143,000 CHF
Biel125,000 CHF
Geneve148,000 CHF
Lausanne147,000 CHF
Lugano126,000 CHF
Luzern130,000 CHF
St. Gallen126,000 CHF
Winterthur143,000 CHF
Zurich149,000 CHF
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