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Police Captain Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a Police Captain make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
158,000 CHF
( 13,200 CHF monthly)


A person working as a Police Captain in Switzerland typically earns around 158,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 82,300 CHF (lowest) to 242,000 CHF (highest).

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

Police Captain Salary Distribution in Switzerland

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

  • Salary Range

    Police Captain salaries in Switzerland range from 82,300 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 242,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 152,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Police Captain(s) are earning less than 152,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 152,000 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 Police Captain(s) are earning less than 105,000 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 105,000 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Police Captain(s) are earning less than 189,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 189,000 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

Police Captain Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Police Captain with less than two years of experience makes approximately 93,500 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 125,000 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 163,000 CHF per year, 30% 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, Police Captain(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 197,000 CHF per year, 21% 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 216,000 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 227,000 CHF per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Police Captain average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
93,500 CHF
2 - 5 Years+34%
125,000 CHF
5 - 10 Years+30%
163,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+21%
197,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+9%
216,000 CHF
20+ Years+5%
227,000 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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Police Captain Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Police Captain is 111,000 CHF per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 159,000 CHF per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 220,000 CHF per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Police Captain average salary difference by education level in Switzerland

High School
111,000 CHF
Certificate or Diploma+43%
159,000 CHF
Bachelor's Degree+38%
220,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Police Captain Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Police Captain employees in Switzerland earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

162,000 CHF
155,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Police Captain Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

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

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Police Captain(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 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

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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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Police Captain Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

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

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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
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.

Police Captain Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

76 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 76 CHF. This means that the average Police Captain in Switzerland earns approximately 76 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.

Police Captain VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Police Captain and Law Enforcement / Security / Fire yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Police Captain is 61% more than that of Law Enforcement / Security / Fire. Also, Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries are 20% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Coordinator110,000 CHF-31%
Accreditation Manager157,000 CHF-1%
Advocate94,100 CHF-41%
Control Room Operator38,700 CHF-76%
Criminal Investigator143,000 CHF-10%
Facility Monitor77,100 CHF-51%
Fire Chief137,000 CHF-13%
Fire Dispatcher67,700 CHF-57%
Fire Education Specialist117,000 CHF-26%
Fire Extinguisher Technician42,800 CHF-73%
Fire Fighter73,000 CHF-54%
Fire Inspector133,000 CHF-16%
Fire Investigator134,000 CHF-15%
Fire Prevention Engineer115,000 CHF-27%
Forensic Investigator120,000 CHF-24%
Forensic Science Technician126,000 CHF-20%
Fraud and Forensic Specialist142,000 CHF-10%
Fraud Examiner147,000 CHF-7%
Grants Specialist166,000 CHF+5%
Intellectual Property Associate123,000 CHF-22%
Intelligence Research Specialist206,000 CHF+30%
Investigator140,000 CHF-12%
Jail Officer59,900 CHF-62%
Juvenile Probation Officer91,200 CHF-42%
Juvenile Supervision Officer92,200 CHF-42%
Lock-Smith40,100 CHF-75%
Parole Officer66,400 CHF-58%
Police Captain158,000 CHF-0%
Police Communications Officer94,100 CHF-41%
Police Officer76,000 CHF-52%
Police Patrol Officer69,100 CHF-56%
Prison Officer58,200 CHF-63%
Prisoner Custody Officer48,400 CHF-69%
Private Detective / Investigator138,000 CHF-13%
Security Adviser137,000 CHF-13%
Security Guard39,600 CHF-75%
Security Management Specialist188,000 CHF+19%
Security Manager200,000 CHF+26%
Security Officer42,900 CHF-73%
Security Supervisor111,000 CHF-30%
Security Systems Installer103,000 CHF-35%
Security Technician43,300 CHF-73%
Surveillance Operator51,600 CHF-67%
Traffic Controller74,500 CHF-53%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel169,000 CHF
Bern163,000 CHF
Biel149,000 CHF
Geneve172,000 CHF
Lausanne166,000 CHF
Lugano152,000 CHF
Luzern158,000 CHF
St. Gallen154,000 CHF
Winterthur160,000 CHF
Zurich174,000 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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