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Engineer Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in Switzerland?


Average Yearly Salary
115,000 CHF
( 9,600 CHF monthly)

LOW
53,000
CHF
AVERAGE
115,000
CHF
HIGH
183,000
CHF

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 Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineer salaries in Switzerland range from 53,000 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 183,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.


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

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Switzerland Engineer
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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 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.

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, 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.


Engineer average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
60,200 CHF
2 - 5 Years+34%
80,300 CHF
5 - 10 Years+48%
119,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+22%
145,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+9%
158,000 CHF
20+ Years+8%
171,000 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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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly Switzerland Engineer
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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 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.


Engineer average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

Bachelor's Degree
69,900 CHF
Master's Degree+93%
135,000 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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Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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

Female
113,000 CHF
Male+4%
118,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

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

Engineer

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.

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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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Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Engineer
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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.

Received Bonus
61%
No Bonus
39%

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

Public vs private sector salaries yearly Switzerland
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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

Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland


55 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 55 CHF. This means that the average Engineer in Switzerland earns approximately 55 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.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineer and Engineering yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Engineer is 10% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 15% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer113,000 CHF-2%
Assembly Engineering Technician85,600 CHF-26%
Assistant Chief Engineer125,000 CHF+9%
Associate Engineer97,700 CHF-15%
Autocad Operator69,600 CHF-40%
Automation Engineer116,000 CHF+1%
Avionic System Support Engineer109,000 CHF-5%
Biochemical Engineer101,000 CHF-12%
BMS Engineer110,000 CHF-5%
Bridge and Lock Tender63,300 CHF-45%
Broadcast Engineer110,000 CHF-5%
CAD Design Engineer111,000 CHF-4%
CAD Designer68,200 CHF-41%
CAE Engineer111,000 CHF-4%
Ceramics Engineer104,000 CHF-10%
Civil Engineer118,000 CHF+2%
Commissioning Engineer108,000 CHF-6%
Communications Engineer123,000 CHF+7%
Condition Monitoring Engineer96,900 CHF-16%
Contract Associate Engineer103,000 CHF-11%
Control Systems Engineer108,000 CHF-6%
Controls Engineer110,000 CHF-5%
Controls Software Engineer97,800 CHF-15%
Corrosion Engineer102,000 CHF-11%
Design Engineer118,000 CHF+2%
Drafter67,500 CHF-41%
Drafting Manager125,000 CHF+9%
Drilling Engineer114,000 CHF-1%
Electrical Draughtsman54,700 CHF-53%
Electrical Engineer130,000 CHF+13%
Electrical Engineering Manager155,000 CHF+35%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist116,000 CHF+1%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler57,100 CHF-50%
Energy Engineer121,000 CHF+5%
Engine Assembler50,400 CHF-56%
Engineer115,000 CHF-0%
Engineering Account Manager126,000 CHF+9%
Engineering Chief Designer127,000 CHF+10%
Engineering Consultant155,000 CHF+35%
Engineering Key Account Manager166,000 CHF+44%
Engineering Lab Technician104,000 CHF-10%
Engineering Planning Manager163,000 CHF+41%
Engineering Production Manager206,000 CHF+79%
Engineering Project Analyst132,000 CHF+15%
Engineering Project Coordinator 137,000 CHF+19%
Engineering Project Director233,000 CHF+100%
Engineering Project Manager164,000 CHF+42%
Engineering Research and Development Manager181,000 CHF+57%
Engineering Safety Coordinator91,000 CHF-21%
Engineering Sales Manager156,000 CHF+35%
Engineering Technician91,000 CHF-21%
Engineering Technologist85,700 CHF-26%
Environmental Engineer108,000 CHF-6%
Equipment Engineer102,000 CHF-11%
Equipment Engineering Manager148,000 CHF+28%
Estimator93,000 CHF-19%
Fabrication Specialist82,300 CHF-29%
Fabricator53,400 CHF-54%
Facade Engineer106,000 CHF-8%
Fiber Analyst67,900 CHF-41%
Field Engineer118,000 CHF+2%
Field Engineering Manager194,000 CHF+68%
Fire Engineer114,000 CHF-1%
Fitter and Turner36,800 CHF-68%
Forestry Strategic Planner131,000 CHF+14%
Generation Engineer116,000 CHF+1%
Genetic Engineer120,000 CHF+4%
Geological Engineer118,000 CHF+2%
Geotechnical Engineer123,000 CHF+7%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic62,900 CHF-45%
Highway Engineer117,000 CHF+2%
HSE Professional103,000 CHF-11%
HVAC Engineer126,000 CHF+9%
HVAC Supervisor102,000 CHF-11%
Industrial Engineer104,000 CHF-10%
Industrial Engineering Technologist109,000 CHF-5%
Instrument Engineer107,000 CHF-7%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer112,000 CHF-3%
Instrumentation Engineer113,000 CHF-2%
Instrumentation Manager115,000 CHF-0%
Irrigation Engineer106,000 CHF-8%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer118,000 CHF+2%
Locomotive Engineer109,000 CHF-5%
Maintenance Engineer103,000 CHF-11%
Maintenance Fitter38,300 CHF-67%
Maintenance Manager114,000 CHF-1%
Manufacturing Engineer107,000 CHF-7%
Marine Engineer113,000 CHF-2%
Materials Engineer111,000 CHF-4%
Materials Researcher102,000 CHF-11%
Materials Technician82,600 CHF-28%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer117,000 CHF+2%
Mechanical Design Engineer121,000 CHF+5%
Mechanical Designer98,900 CHF-14%
Mechanical Engineer122,000 CHF+6%
Mechanical Engineering Manager163,000 CHF+41%
Mechanical Inspector107,000 CHF-7%
Mechatronics Engineer120,000 CHF+4%
Mining Engineer113,000 CHF-2%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer129,000 CHF+12%
Optical Engineer114,000 CHF-1%
Optical Instrument Assembler59,900 CHF-48%
PCB Assembler41,300 CHF-64%
Photonics Engineer127,000 CHF+10%
Photonics Technician105,000 CHF-9%
Pipeline Engineer99,500 CHF-14%
Piping Designer59,600 CHF-48%
Piping Engineer102,000 CHF-11%
Planning Engineer119,000 CHF+3%
Pressure Vessel Inspector52,700 CHF-54%
Principal Cost Engineer118,000 CHF+2%
Principal Engineer109,000 CHF-5%
Principal Support Engineer111,000 CHF-4%
Process Engineer107,000 CHF-7%
Process Operator63,800 CHF-45%
Product Development Engineer113,000 CHF-2%
Product Development Technician84,200 CHF-27%
Product Engineer115,000 CHF-0%
Product Safety Engineer103,000 CHF-11%
Production Engineer117,000 CHF+2%
Project Engineer118,000 CHF+2%
Proposal Manager150,000 CHF+30%
Purchasing Engineer99,400 CHF-14%
Quality Assurance Engineer111,000 CHF-4%
Rail Engineer114,000 CHF-1%
Robotics Engineer131,000 CHF+14%
Robotics Technician95,900 CHF-17%
Safety Engineer114,000 CHF-1%
Safety Inspector86,600 CHF-25%
Safety Manager129,000 CHF+12%
Safety Officer56,500 CHF-51%
Sales Engineer119,000 CHF+3%
Scheduling Engineer105,000 CHF-9%
Service Engineer121,000 CHF+5%
Solar Engineer117,000 CHF+2%
Staff Engineer112,000 CHF-3%
Static Equipment Engineer114,000 CHF-1%
Stationary Engineer101,000 CHF-12%
Stress Engineer110,000 CHF-5%
Structural Analysis Engineer106,000 CHF-8%
Structural Designer98,800 CHF-14%
Structural Engineer107,000 CHF-7%
Structural Technician70,800 CHF-39%
Supply Chain Specialist106,000 CHF-8%
Surveyor86,300 CHF-25%
Technical Affairs Officer55,300 CHF-52%
Technical Assistant57,000 CHF-51%
Technical Engineer96,000 CHF-17%
Technical Support Engineer96,900 CHF-16%
Tender Engineer105,000 CHF-9%
Test Development Engineer115,000 CHF-0%
Transportation Engineer110,000 CHF-5%
Validation Engineer101,000 CHF-12%
Verification Engineer109,000 CHF-5%
Wastewater Engineer109,000 CHF-5%
Wind Energy Engineer109,000 CHF-5%
Wind Energy Operations Manager145,000 CHF+26%
Work Planner82,900 CHF-28%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel133,000 CHF
Bern123,000 CHF
Biel107,000 CHF
Geneve127,000 CHF
Lausanne120,000 CHF
Lugano114,000 CHF
Luzern123,000 CHF
St. Gallen114,000 CHF
Winterthur123,000 CHF
Zurich135,000 CHF
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