A person working as an Engineer in Switzerland typically earns around 115,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 53,000 CHF (lowest) to 183,000 CHF (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Engineer salaries in Switzerland range from 53,000 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 183,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 124,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 124,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 124,000 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 79,800 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 79,800 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 166,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 166,000 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 your wage. We broke down Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 60,200 CHF per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 80,300 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 119,000 CHF per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 145,000 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 158,000 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 171,000 CHF per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 69,900 CHF per year.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 135,000 CHF per year, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Engineer employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.
Engineer(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 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 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.
An Engineer 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.
39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% 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.
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.
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 Engineer is 10% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 15% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||113,000 CHF||-2%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||85,600 CHF||-26%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||125,000 CHF||+9%|
|Associate Engineer||97,700 CHF||-15%|
|Autocad Operator||69,600 CHF||-40%|
|Automation Engineer||116,000 CHF||+1%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||109,000 CHF||-5%|
|Biochemical Engineer||101,000 CHF||-12%|
|BMS Engineer||110,000 CHF||-5%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||63,300 CHF||-45%|
|Broadcast Engineer||110,000 CHF||-5%|
|CAD Design Engineer||111,000 CHF||-4%|
|CAD Designer||68,200 CHF||-41%|
|CAE Engineer||111,000 CHF||-4%|
|Ceramics Engineer||104,000 CHF||-10%|
|Civil Engineer||118,000 CHF||+2%|
|Commissioning Engineer||108,000 CHF||-6%|
|Communications Engineer||123,000 CHF||+7%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||96,900 CHF||-16%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||103,000 CHF||-11%|
|Control Systems Engineer||108,000 CHF||-6%|
|Controls Engineer||110,000 CHF||-5%|
|Controls Software Engineer||97,800 CHF||-15%|
|Corrosion Engineer||102,000 CHF||-11%|
|Design Engineer||118,000 CHF||+2%|
|Drafting Manager||125,000 CHF||+9%|
|Drilling Engineer||114,000 CHF||-1%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||54,700 CHF||-53%|
|Electrical Engineer||130,000 CHF||+13%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||155,000 CHF||+35%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||116,000 CHF||+1%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||57,100 CHF||-50%|
|Energy Engineer||121,000 CHF||+5%|
|Engine Assembler||50,400 CHF||-56%|
|Engineering Account Manager||126,000 CHF||+9%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||127,000 CHF||+10%|
|Engineering Consultant||155,000 CHF||+35%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||166,000 CHF||+44%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||104,000 CHF||-10%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||163,000 CHF||+41%|
|Engineering Production Manager||206,000 CHF||+79%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||132,000 CHF||+15%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||137,000 CHF||+19%|
|Engineering Project Director||233,000 CHF||+100%|
|Engineering Project Manager||164,000 CHF||+42%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||181,000 CHF||+57%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||91,000 CHF||-21%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||156,000 CHF||+35%|
|Engineering Technician||91,000 CHF||-21%|
|Engineering Technologist||85,700 CHF||-26%|
|Environmental Engineer||108,000 CHF||-6%|
|Equipment Engineer||102,000 CHF||-11%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||148,000 CHF||+28%|
|Fabrication Specialist||82,300 CHF||-29%|
|Facade Engineer||106,000 CHF||-8%|
|Fiber Analyst||67,900 CHF||-41%|
|Field Engineer||118,000 CHF||+2%|
|Field Engineering Manager||194,000 CHF||+68%|
|Fire Engineer||114,000 CHF||-1%|
|Fitter and Turner||36,800 CHF||-68%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||131,000 CHF||+14%|
|Generation Engineer||116,000 CHF||+1%|
|Genetic Engineer||120,000 CHF||+4%|
|Geological Engineer||118,000 CHF||+2%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||123,000 CHF||+7%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||62,900 CHF||-45%|
|Highway Engineer||117,000 CHF||+2%|
|HSE Professional||103,000 CHF||-11%|
|HVAC Engineer||126,000 CHF||+9%|
|HVAC Supervisor||102,000 CHF||-11%|
|Industrial Engineer||104,000 CHF||-10%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||109,000 CHF||-5%|
|Instrument Engineer||107,000 CHF||-7%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||112,000 CHF||-3%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||113,000 CHF||-2%|
|Instrumentation Manager||115,000 CHF||-0%|
|Irrigation Engineer||106,000 CHF||-8%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||118,000 CHF||+2%|
|Locomotive Engineer||109,000 CHF||-5%|
|Maintenance Engineer||103,000 CHF||-11%|
|Maintenance Fitter||38,300 CHF||-67%|
|Maintenance Manager||114,000 CHF||-1%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||107,000 CHF||-7%|
|Marine Engineer||113,000 CHF||-2%|
|Materials Engineer||111,000 CHF||-4%|
|Materials Researcher||102,000 CHF||-11%|
|Materials Technician||82,600 CHF||-28%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||117,000 CHF||+2%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||121,000 CHF||+5%|
|Mechanical Designer||98,900 CHF||-14%|
|Mechanical Engineer||122,000 CHF||+6%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||163,000 CHF||+41%|
|Mechanical Inspector||107,000 CHF||-7%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||120,000 CHF||+4%|
|Mining Engineer||113,000 CHF||-2%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||129,000 CHF||+12%|
|Optical Engineer||114,000 CHF||-1%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||59,900 CHF||-48%|
|PCB Assembler||41,300 CHF||-64%|
|Photonics Engineer||127,000 CHF||+10%|
|Photonics Technician||105,000 CHF||-9%|
|Pipeline Engineer||99,500 CHF||-14%|
|Piping Designer||59,600 CHF||-48%|
|Piping Engineer||102,000 CHF||-11%|
|Planning Engineer||119,000 CHF||+3%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||52,700 CHF||-54%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||118,000 CHF||+2%|
|Principal Engineer||109,000 CHF||-5%|
|Principal Support Engineer||111,000 CHF||-4%|
|Process Engineer||107,000 CHF||-7%|
|Process Operator||63,800 CHF||-45%|
|Product Development Engineer||113,000 CHF||-2%|
|Product Development Technician||84,200 CHF||-27%|
|Product Engineer||115,000 CHF||-0%|
|Product Safety Engineer||103,000 CHF||-11%|
|Production Engineer||117,000 CHF||+2%|
|Project Engineer||118,000 CHF||+2%|
|Proposal Manager||150,000 CHF||+30%|
|Purchasing Engineer||99,400 CHF||-14%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||111,000 CHF||-4%|
|Rail Engineer||114,000 CHF||-1%|
|Robotics Engineer||131,000 CHF||+14%|
|Robotics Technician||95,900 CHF||-17%|
|Safety Engineer||114,000 CHF||-1%|
|Safety Inspector||86,600 CHF||-25%|
|Safety Manager||129,000 CHF||+12%|
|Safety Officer||56,500 CHF||-51%|
|Sales Engineer||119,000 CHF||+3%|
|Scheduling Engineer||105,000 CHF||-9%|
|Service Engineer||121,000 CHF||+5%|
|Solar Engineer||117,000 CHF||+2%|
|Staff Engineer||112,000 CHF||-3%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||114,000 CHF||-1%|
|Stationary Engineer||101,000 CHF||-12%|
|Stress Engineer||110,000 CHF||-5%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||106,000 CHF||-8%|
|Structural Designer||98,800 CHF||-14%|
|Structural Engineer||107,000 CHF||-7%|
|Structural Technician||70,800 CHF||-39%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||106,000 CHF||-8%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||55,300 CHF||-52%|
|Technical Assistant||57,000 CHF||-51%|
|Technical Engineer||96,000 CHF||-17%|
|Technical Support Engineer||96,900 CHF||-16%|
|Tender Engineer||105,000 CHF||-9%|
|Test Development Engineer||115,000 CHF||-0%|
|Transportation Engineer||110,000 CHF||-5%|
|Validation Engineer||101,000 CHF||-12%|
|Verification Engineer||109,000 CHF||-5%|
|Wastewater Engineer||109,000 CHF||-5%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||109,000 CHF||-5%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||145,000 CHF||+26%|
|Work Planner||82,900 CHF||-28%|
|St. Gallen||114,000 CHF|