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Animator Average Salary in Switzerland 2022

How much money does an Animator make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
88,500 CHF
( 7,370 CHF monthly)


A person working as an Animator in Switzerland typically earns around 88,500 CHF per year. Salaries range from 43,400 CHF (lowest) to 138,000 CHF (highest).

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

Animator Salary Distribution in Switzerland

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

  • Salary Range

    Animator salaries in Switzerland range from 43,400 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 138,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 90,200 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Animator(s) are earning less than 90,200 CHF while the other half are earning more than 90,200 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 Animator(s) are earning less than 60,100 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 60,100 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Animator(s) are earning less than 116,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 116,000 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

Animator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

An Animator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 51,400 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 66,100 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 91,200 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, Animator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 113,000 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 121,000 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 129,000 CHF per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Animator average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
51,400 CHF
2 - 5 Years+29%
66,100 CHF
5 - 10 Years+38%
91,200 CHF
10 - 15 Years+24%
113,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+7%
121,000 CHF
20+ Years+7%
129,000 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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Animator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Animator is 64,200 CHF per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 73,600 CHF per year, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 99,200 CHF per year, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 125,000 CHF per year, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Animator average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

High School
64,200 CHF
Certificate or Diploma+15%
73,600 CHF
Bachelor's Degree+35%
99,200 CHF
Master's Degree+26%
125,000 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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Animator Salary Comparison By Gender

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

90,300 CHF
86,600 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Animator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

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


Animator(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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 2021

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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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Animator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Animator
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An Animator is considered to be a low 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.

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Animator Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

43 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 43 CHF. This means that the average Animator in Switzerland earns approximately 43 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.

Animator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Animator and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Animator is 24% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive148,000 CHF+67%
Advertising Account Manager157,000 CHF+77%
Advertising Account Planner78,700 CHF-11%
Advertising Coordinator105,000 CHF+19%
Advertising Manager214,000 CHF+140%
Advertising Operations Manager203,000 CHF+130%
Advertising Strategic Planner140,000 CHF+58%
Advertising Team Leader119,000 CHF+35%
Animator88,500 CHF+0%
Art Director123,000 CHF+39%
Artist106,000 CHF+20%
Artworker79,100 CHF-11%
Assistant Art Director97,800 CHF+11%
Audiosual Technician75,600 CHF-15%
Broadcast Administrator137,000 CHF+55%
Catering Sales79,300 CHF-10%
Catering Trainer93,100 CHF+5%
Commercial and Industrial Designer73,000 CHF-17%
Conference Organiser94,800 CHF+7%
Content and Media Production Lead147,000 CHF+66%
CopyWriter89,000 CHF+1%
Creative Designer97,000 CHF+10%
Creative Director132,000 CHF+49%
Designer 74,400 CHF-16%
Desktop Publisher59,000 CHF-33%
Director of Graphic Design115,000 CHF+30%
Events and Promotions Manager199,000 CHF+120%
Exhibit Display Coordinator95,000 CHF+7%
Exhibit Display Manager128,000 CHF+45%
Finisher68,900 CHF-22%
Graphic Artist81,400 CHF-8%
Graphic Designer79,800 CHF-10%
Graphics Design Supervisor106,000 CHF+20%
Imagery Analyst76,400 CHF-14%
Imaging Technologist77,100 CHF-13%
Interaction Designer66,600 CHF-25%
Media Planner106,000 CHF+20%
Media Production Coordinator99,800 CHF+13%
Media Production Manager164,000 CHF+85%
Media Project Manager169,000 CHF+91%
Media Relations Representative144,000 CHF+63%
Media Sales Executive172,000 CHF+94%
Multimedia Specialist77,100 CHF-13%
Photographer71,800 CHF-19%
PPC Campaign Manager127,000 CHF+44%
Print Production Manager143,000 CHF+62%
Product and Brand Manager208,000 CHF+140%
Sales Promotion Manager192,000 CHF+120%
Sketch Artist93,800 CHF+6%
Social Media Executive158,000 CHF+79%
Technical Typist55,300 CHF-37%
User Experience UX Designer89,200 CHF+1%
UX Designer73,000 CHF-17%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel96,000 CHF
Bern96,300 CHF
Biel82,200 CHF
Geneve104,000 CHF
Lausanne92,500 CHF
Lugano89,100 CHF
Luzern89,200 CHF
St. Gallen92,600 CHF
Winterthur92,700 CHF
Zurich101,000 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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