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Construction Project Manager Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a Construction Project Manager make in Switzerland?


Average Yearly Salary
220,000 CHF
( 18,300 CHF monthly)

LOW
101,000
CHF
AVERAGE
220,000
CHF
HIGH
349,000
CHF

A person working as a Construction Project Manager in Switzerland typically earns around 220,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 101,000 CHF (lowest) to 349,000 CHF (highest).

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

Construction Project Manager Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Construction Project Manager
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Construction Project Manager salaries in Switzerland range from 101,000 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 349,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 237,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 237,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 237,000 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 Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 152,000 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 152,000 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 317,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 317,000 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

Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Switzerland Construction Project Manager
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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 Construction Project Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Construction Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 115,000 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 153,000 CHF per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 226,000 CHF per year, 48% 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, Construction Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 276,000 CHF per year, 22% 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 301,000 CHF per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 326,000 CHF per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Construction Project Manager average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
115,000 CHF
2 - 5 Years+34%
153,000 CHF
5 - 10 Years+48%
226,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+22%
276,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+9%
301,000 CHF
20+ Years+8%
326,000 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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Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Construction Project Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Construction Project Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Construction Project Manager is 133,000 CHF per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 257,000 CHF per year, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Construction Project Manager average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

Bachelor's Degree
133,000 CHF
Master's Degree+93%
257,000 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 51,600 Swiss Franc(s) to 155,000 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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Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Construction Project Manager
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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 Construction Project Manager employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
215,000 CHF
Male+4%
224,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Construction Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Construction Project Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction Project Manager

Construction Project Manager(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 19 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

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

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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Construction Project Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Construction Project Manager
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A Construction Project Manager is considered to be a high 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.

12% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 88% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
88%
No Bonus
12%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 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

Construction Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland


110 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 110 CHF. This means that the average Construction Project Manager in Switzerland earns approximately 110 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.

Construction Project Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction Project Manager and Construction / Building / Installation yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Construction Project Manager is 210% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 42% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator48,900 CHF-78%
Assembler42,400 CHF-81%
Boat Builder and Shipwright58,700 CHF-73%
Bricklayer33,900 CHF-85%
Building Administrator54,300 CHF-75%
Building Contracts Manager184,000 CHF-16%
Building Inspector52,400 CHF-76%
Building Monitor39,900 CHF-82%
Building Sales Manager169,000 CHF-23%
Cabinetmaker43,200 CHF-80%
Carpenter48,500 CHF-78%
Civil Engineer121,000 CHF-45%
Civil Technician57,500 CHF-74%
Concreter38,600 CHF-82%
Construction and Maintenance Manager91,200 CHF-58%
Construction Assistant49,900 CHF-77%
Construction Coordinator65,700 CHF-70%
Construction Estimator73,700 CHF-66%
Construction Field Engineer109,000 CHF-50%
Construction General Manager212,000 CHF-3%
Construction Inventory Officer41,700 CHF-81%
Construction Operations Manager200,000 CHF-9%
Construction Project Coordinator127,000 CHF-42%
Construction Project Engineer125,000 CHF-43%
Construction Project Manager220,000 CHF+0%
Construction Project Planner114,000 CHF-48%
Construction Quality Control Manager155,000 CHF-29%
Construction Safety Officer73,700 CHF-66%
Construction Superintendent74,500 CHF-66%
Construction Supervisor114,000 CHF-48%
Construction Technical Assistant44,500 CHF-80%
Construction Technical Officer50,300 CHF-77%
Construction Technical Writer49,000 CHF-78%
Construction Technician41,000 CHF-81%
Crane and Tower Operator40,600 CHF-82%
Diesel Mechanic40,500 CHF-82%
Drywall Installer45,500 CHF-79%
Electrical Draftsman43,900 CHF-80%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor134,000 CHF-39%
Electrical Engineering Technician53,400 CHF-76%
Electrician63,000 CHF-71%
Elevator Installer and Repairer51,700 CHF-76%
Engineer123,000 CHF-44%
Excavator Operator41,700 CHF-81%
Floor Finisher47,900 CHF-78%
Floor Manager66,500 CHF-70%
Foreman32,800 CHF-85%
Frame and Truss Detailer37,200 CHF-83%
Furniture Finisher38,700 CHF-82%
Gas Technician 39,200 CHF-82%
Handyman37,200 CHF-83%
Health and Safety Coordinator49,900 CHF-77%
Health and Safety Officer54,700 CHF-75%
Installation Manager136,000 CHF-38%
Installer35,000 CHF-84%
Insulation Installer42,500 CHF-81%
Labourer32,300 CHF-85%
Land Surveyor52,700 CHF-76%
Lift Technician39,500 CHF-82%
Material Tester62,700 CHF-71%
Model Maker58,700 CHF-73%
Order Picker37,600 CHF-83%
Painter39,000 CHF-82%
Pipe Layer33,600 CHF-85%
Pipefitter33,900 CHF-85%
Plumber45,000 CHF-80%
Property Coordinator101,000 CHF-54%
Purchasing Manager137,000 CHF-38%
Quantity Surveyor73,700 CHF-66%
Roof Slater and Tiler35,400 CHF-84%
Sheet Metal Mechanic39,500 CHF-82%
Site Clerk41,100 CHF-81%
Site engineer105,000 CHF-52%
Site Leader198,000 CHF-10%
Stock Controller56,500 CHF-74%
Structural Steel Construction Worker44,200 CHF-80%
Technical Draughtsman47,000 CHF-79%
Tendering Manager171,000 CHF-22%
Tower Crane Operator39,100 CHF-82%
Wall and Floor Tiler38,800 CHF-82%
Warehouse Manager137,000 CHF-38%
Welder35,600 CHF-84%
Welding Superintendent45,600 CHF-79%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel225,000 CHF
Bern215,000 CHF
Biel200,000 CHF
Geneve232,000 CHF
Lausanne216,000 CHF
Lugano207,000 CHF
Luzern197,000 CHF
St. Gallen195,000 CHF
Winterthur206,000 CHF
Zurich239,000 CHF
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