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Executive Chef Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does an Executive Chef make in Switzerland?


Average Yearly Salary
170,000 CHF
( 14,100 CHF monthly)

LOW
83,200
CHF
AVERAGE
170,000
CHF
HIGH
265,000
CHF

A person working as an Executive Chef in Switzerland typically earns around 170,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 83,200 CHF (lowest) to 265,000 CHF (highest).

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

Executive Chef Salary Distribution in Switzerland

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

  • Salary Range

    Executive Chef salaries in Switzerland range from 83,200 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 265,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 173,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 173,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 173,000 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 Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 115,000 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 115,000 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Executive Chef(s) are earning less than 223,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 223,000 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

Executive Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Switzerland Executive Chef
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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 Executive Chef salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Executive Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximately 98,600 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 127,000 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 175,000 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, Executive Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 217,000 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 232,000 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 248,000 CHF per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Executive Chef average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
98,600 CHF
2 - 5 Years+29%
127,000 CHF
5 - 10 Years+38%
175,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+24%
217,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+7%
232,000 CHF
20+ Years+7%
248,000 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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Executive Chef Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly Switzerland Executive Chef
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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 Executive Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Executive Chef is 139,000 CHF per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 230,000 CHF per year, 65% more than someone having a High School degree.


Executive Chef average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

High School
139,000 CHF
Certificate or Diploma+65%
230,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Executive Chef Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Executive Chef
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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 Executive Chef employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts.

Female
166,000 CHF
Male+4%
173,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Executive Chef Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

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

Executive Chef

Executive Chef(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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Switzerland Executive Chef
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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

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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

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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Executive Chef Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

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

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
58%
No Bonus
42%

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 Executive Chef 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

Executive Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Switzerland

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly Switzerland Executive Chef
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Average Salary 2016
151,000 CHF
Average Salary 2017+4%
156,000 CHF
Average Salary 2018+3%
161,000 CHF
Average Salary 2019+2%
164,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Executive Chef 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.

Executive Chef Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland


82 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 82 CHF. This means that the average Executive Chef in Switzerland earns approximately 82 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.

Executive Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Executive Chef and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Executive Chef is 6% more than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder155,000 CHF-9%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper121,000 CHF-29%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director228,000 CHF+34%
Assistant Hospitality Manager240,000 CHF+41%
Assistant Storekeeper107,000 CHF-37%
Assistant Tour Manager181,000 CHF+7%
Baker and Pastrycook133,000 CHF-22%
Bakery Manager191,000 CHF+13%
Bakery Superintendent147,000 CHF-13%
Banquet Manager151,000 CHF-11%
Banquet Server123,000 CHF-28%
Bar Attendant126,000 CHF-26%
Bar Manager192,000 CHF+13%
Bar Supervisor149,000 CHF-12%
Barista131,000 CHF-23%
Bartender130,000 CHF-23%
Bellman105,000 CHF-38%
Beverage Manager188,000 CHF+11%
Bistro Attendant119,000 CHF-30%
Buffet Chef166,000 CHF-2%
Buffet Host113,000 CHF-33%
Buffet Manager187,000 CHF+10%
Butcher and Slaughterer117,000 CHF-31%
Cafeteria Manager180,000 CHF+6%
Cake Decorator135,000 CHF-20%
Casino Shift Manager231,000 CHF+36%
Chain Store Customer Support153,000 CHF-10%
Chef154,000 CHF-9%
Club Manager213,000 CHF+25%
Cluster Director257,000 CHF+51%
Cluster Revenue Manager223,000 CHF+31%
Cocktail Server121,000 CHF-29%
Coffee Shop Manager206,000 CHF+21%
Concierge124,000 CHF-27%
Confectionery Baker138,000 CHF-19%
Conference Services Manager174,000 CHF+3%
Cook152,000 CHF-10%
Corporate Sous Chef197,000 CHF+16%
Corporate Travel Consultant168,000 CHF-1%
Croupier153,000 CHF-10%
Culinary Assistant131,000 CHF-23%
Culinary Associate143,000 CHF-16%
Dietary Aide159,000 CHF-6%
Dining Room Supervisor180,000 CHF+6%
Dishwasher83,200 CHF-51%
Duty Manager195,000 CHF+15%
Events Coordinator166,000 CHF-2%
Executive Chef170,000 CHF+0%
Executive Pastry Chef150,000 CHF-12%
Fast Food Cook154,000 CHF-9%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor175,000 CHF+3%
Fine Dining Cook186,000 CHF+10%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef184,000 CHF+8%
Fleet Manager197,000 CHF+16%
Food and Beverage Manager217,000 CHF+28%
Food Consultant229,000 CHF+35%
Food Safety Coordinator190,000 CHF+12%
Food Server110,000 CHF-35%
Food Service Director201,000 CHF+18%
Food Service Manager217,000 CHF+28%
Food Service Sales179,000 CHF+5%
Food Service Worker125,000 CHF-26%
Front Desk Agent141,000 CHF-17%
Front Office Manager188,000 CHF+11%
Guest Service Executive216,000 CHF+27%
Guest Service Representative153,000 CHF-10%
Head Concierge148,000 CHF-13%
Hospitality Director294,000 CHF+73%
Hostess / Host153,000 CHF-10%
Hotel Desk Clerk118,000 CHF-30%
Hotel Maid85,000 CHF-50%
Hotel Manager295,000 CHF+74%
Hotel Sales Manager235,000 CHF+38%
Hotel Service Supervisor207,000 CHF+22%
Hotel Staff145,000 CHF-15%
Inventory Coordinator135,000 CHF-20%
Kitchen Manager178,000 CHF+5%
Kitchen Staff139,000 CHF-18%
Kitchen Supervisor163,000 CHF-4%
Line Cook159,000 CHF-6%
Luggage Porter81,600 CHF-52%
Motel Manager211,000 CHF+24%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant99,800 CHF-41%
Production Operator102,000 CHF-40%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator143,000 CHF-16%
Receptionist142,000 CHF-16%
Regional Restaurant Manager247,000 CHF+46%
Restaurant Manager230,000 CHF+36%
Room Reservations Manager211,000 CHF+24%
Room Service Manager213,000 CHF+25%
Sous Chef149,000 CHF-12%
Supervisor of Food Services190,000 CHF+12%
Tour Consultant170,000 CHF+0%
Travel Agent164,000 CHF-3%
Travel Consultant185,000 CHF+9%
Waiter / Waitress122,000 CHF-28%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel194,000 CHF
Bern185,000 CHF
Biel159,000 CHF
Geneve180,000 CHF
Lausanne187,000 CHF
Lugano164,000 CHF
Luzern173,000 CHF
St. Gallen170,000 CHF
Winterthur179,000 CHF
Zurich185,000 CHF
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