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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Switzerland 2022

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in Switzerland?


Average Yearly Salary
82,600 CHF
( 6,880 CHF monthly)

LOW
31,300
CHF
AVERAGE
82,600
CHF
HIGH
230,000
CHF

A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Switzerland typically earns around 82,600 CHF per year. Salaries range from 31,300 CHF (lowest average) to 230,000 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 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
All Rounder53,400 CHF
Assistant Executive Housekeeper37,200 CHF
Assistant Food and Beverage Director159,000 CHF
Assistant Hospitality Manager171,000 CHF
Assistant Storekeeper35,900 CHF
Assistant Tour Manager84,200 CHF
Baker and Pastrycook45,900 CHF
Bakery Manager97,900 CHF
Bakery Superintendent60,200 CHF
Banquet Manager64,500 CHF
Banquet Server40,500 CHF
Bar Attendant41,000 CHF
Bar Manager83,800 CHF
Bar Supervisor58,300 CHF
Barista50,400 CHF
Bartender48,900 CHF
Bellman40,300 CHF
Beverage Manager101,000 CHF
Bistro Attendant41,900 CHF
Buffet Chef73,700 CHF
Buffet Host41,300 CHF
Buffet Manager93,100 CHF
Butcher and Slaughterer35,300 CHF
Cafeteria Manager81,100 CHF
Cake Decorator49,900 CHF
Casino Shift Manager150,000 CHF
Chain Store Customer Support65,200 CHF
Chef75,700 CHF
Club Manager150,000 CHF
Cluster Director200,000 CHF
Cluster Revenue Manager143,000 CHF
Cocktail Server43,500 CHF
Coffee Shop Manager138,000 CHF
Concierge40,500 CHF
Confectionery Baker49,900 CHF
Conference Services Manager93,100 CHF
Cook69,100 CHF
Corporate Sous Chef115,000 CHF
Corporate Travel Consultant111,000 CHF
Croupier56,800 CHF
Culinary Assistant37,600 CHF
Culinary Associate37,900 CHF
Dietary Aide83,900 CHF
Dining Room Supervisor75,100 CHF
Dishwasher33,900 CHF
Duty Manager99,800 CHF
Events Coordinator63,900 CHF
Executive Chef89,400 CHF
Executive Pastry Chef73,000 CHF
Fast Food Cook65,900 CHF
Fast Food Shift Supervisor71,200 CHF
Fine Dining Cook118,000 CHF
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef113,000 CHF
Fleet Manager190,000 CHF
Food and Beverage Manager155,000 CHF
Food Consultant129,000 CHF
Food Safety Coordinator95,800 CHF
Food Server38,700 CHF
Food Service Director147,000 CHF
Food Service Manager167,000 CHF
Food Service Sales96,000 CHF
Food Service Worker41,100 CHF
Front Desk Agent46,600 CHF
Front Office Manager85,500 CHF
Guest Service Executive132,000 CHF
Guest Service Representative53,200 CHF
Head Concierge60,500 CHF
Hospitality Director235,000 CHF
Hostess / Host46,600 CHF
Hotel Desk Clerk45,200 CHF
Hotel Maid34,600 CHF
Hotel Manager230,000 CHF
Hotel Sales Manager168,000 CHF
Hotel Service Supervisor131,000 CHF
Hotel Staff42,300 CHF
Inventory Coordinator51,800 CHF
Kitchen Manager80,300 CHF
Kitchen Staff44,500 CHF
Kitchen Supervisor70,500 CHF
Line Cook69,300 CHF
Luggage Porter34,300 CHF
Motel Manager135,000 CHF
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant42,000 CHF
Production Operator63,800 CHF
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator74,400 CHF
Receptionist47,000 CHF
Regional Restaurant Manager175,000 CHF
Restaurant Manager151,000 CHF
Room Reservations Manager151,000 CHF
Room Service Manager144,000 CHF
Sous Chef86,600 CHF
Supervisor of Food Services108,000 CHF
Tour Consultant111,000 CHF
Travel Agent81,400 CHF
Travel Consultant120,000 CHF
Waiter / Waitress41,100 CHF

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Switzerland range from 31,300 CHF per year (minimum average salary) to 230,000 CHF per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 79,300 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 79,300 CHF while the other half are earning more than 79,300 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 49,800 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 49,800 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 149,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 149,000 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?

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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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education 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 multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
84,300 CHF
Female-4%
80,900 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 2021

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 2021. 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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is considered to be a low 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.

72% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
28%
No Bonus
72%

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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in Switzerland


40 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 40 CHF. This means that the average person in Switzerland earns approximately 40 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 33% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel87,800 CHF
Bern84,600 CHF
Biel76,800 CHF
Geneve89,400 CHF
Lausanne86,400 CHF
Lugano78,400 CHF
Luzern81,600 CHF
St. Gallen79,900 CHF
Winterthur83,100 CHF
Zurich91,000 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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