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Science and Technical Services Average Salaries in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a person working in Science and Technical Services make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
168,000 CHF
( 14,000 CHF monthly)


A person working in Science and Technical Services in Switzerland typically earns around 168,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 59,900 CHF (lowest average) to 276,000 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 Science and Technical Services 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
3D Lab Technologist126,000 CHF
Algorithm Developer157,000 CHF
Analytical Chemist239,000 CHF
Anthropologist186,000 CHF
Archeologist154,000 CHF
Assistant Breeder81,600 CHF
Astronomer288,000 CHF
Atmospheric and Space Scientist241,000 CHF
Behavior Analyst160,000 CHF
Behavior Intervention Specialist178,000 CHF
Biochemist267,000 CHF
Biofuels Processing Technician102,000 CHF
Biofuels Production Manager183,000 CHF
Biologist274,000 CHF
Biomedical Scientist281,000 CHF
Biophysicist257,000 CHF
Chemical Engineer131,000 CHF
Chemical Technologist121,000 CHF
Chemist260,000 CHF
Chief Technologist226,000 CHF
Climate Change Analyst180,000 CHF
Clinical Laboratory Scientist270,000 CHF
Computer Scientist214,000 CHF
Conservation Scientist217,000 CHF
Data Scientist199,000 CHF
DNA Analyst269,000 CHF
Ecologist208,000 CHF
Economic Development Specialist212,000 CHF
Flavourist91,900 CHF
Food Scientist168,000 CHF
Forensic Scientist213,000 CHF
Formulation Technologist103,000 CHF
Fraud Investigator133,000 CHF
Genomics Scientist261,000 CHF
Geographer140,000 CHF
Geographic Information Systems Technician90,300 CHF
Geological Data Technician91,200 CHF
Geological Technician110,000 CHF
Geologist232,000 CHF
Geomatics Scientist222,000 CHF
Geophysical Data Technician88,100 CHF
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist209,000 CHF
Hydrologist178,000 CHF
Industrial Ecologist183,000 CHF
Intelligence Analyst163,000 CHF
Knowledge Management Specialist137,000 CHF
Laboratory Manager191,000 CHF
Laboratory Researcher119,000 CHF
Laboratory Technician81,400 CHF
Life Sciences Analyst173,000 CHF
Life Scientist201,000 CHF
Marine Architect174,000 CHF
Marine Biologist192,000 CHF
Marine Superintendent113,000 CHF
Materials Analyst111,000 CHF
Materials Scientist194,000 CHF
Mathematician207,000 CHF
Medical Scientist278,000 CHF
Metallurgist192,000 CHF
Meteorologist194,000 CHF
Microbiologist288,000 CHF
Natural Language Processing Researcher162,000 CHF
Natural Resource Specialist149,000 CHF
Natural Sciences Manager255,000 CHF
Nuclear Engineer297,000 CHF
Physical Scientist208,000 CHF
Physicist275,000 CHF
Political Scientist205,000 CHF
Polygraph Examiner73,000 CHF
Polysomnographic Technologist126,000 CHF
Product Development Scientist221,000 CHF
Quantitative Research Analyst183,000 CHF
Quantitative Researcher185,000 CHF
Radiation Protection Specialist151,000 CHF
Refrigeration Technician61,800 CHF
Research Scientist184,000 CHF
Risk Safety Engineer119,000 CHF
Scientific Photographer123,000 CHF
Scientific Programmer160,000 CHF
Scientist200,000 CHF
Service Engineer120,000 CHF
Service Technician78,200 CHF
Social Science Research Assistant110,000 CHF
Social Scientist205,000 CHF
Sociologist200,000 CHF
Soil Scientist170,000 CHF
Statistical Analyst117,000 CHF
Statistical Assistant86,400 CHF
Statistician177,000 CHF
Survey Analyst111,000 CHF
Survey Researcher104,000 CHF
Surveying and Mapping Technician71,500 CHF
Team Leader169,000 CHF
Technical Manager177,000 CHF
Technical Officer78,400 CHF
Technical Service Director238,000 CHF
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist121,000 CHF
Technical Services Research and Development Manager283,000 CHF
Technical Services Research Coordinator143,000 CHF
Technician79,100 CHF
Water Ecologist228,000 CHF
Wildlife Biologist196,000 CHF

Science and Technical Services Jobs Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Science and Technical Services
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Science and Technical Services salaries in Switzerland range from 59,900 CHF per year (minimum average salary) to 276,000 CHF per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 161,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 161,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 161,000 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 people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 99,500 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 99,500 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 210,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 210,000 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.

Science and Technical Services Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Science and Technical Services
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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 Science and Technical Services earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

164,000 CHF
171,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland
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Science and Technical Services Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Science and Technical Services professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Science and Technical Services

Science and Technical Services professionals in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 13 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Switzerland Science and Technical Services
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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

Information Technology

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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Science and Technical Services Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Science and Technical Services
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Science and Technical Services is considered to be a moderate 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.

47% of surveyed staff in Science and Technical Services reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

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

Science and Technical Services Hourly Average Wage in Switzerland

81 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 81 CHF. This means that the average person in Switzerland earns approximately 81 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.

Science and Technical Services VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Science and Technical Services and Science and Technical Services yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Science and Technical Services is 35% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel179,000 CHF
Bern172,000 CHF
Biel156,000 CHF
Geneve182,000 CHF
Lausanne176,000 CHF
Lugano159,000 CHF
Luzern166,000 CHF
St. Gallen162,000 CHF
Winterthur169,000 CHF
Zurich185,000 CHF
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