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Legal Assistant Average Salary in Switzerland 2020

How much money does a Legal Assistant make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
66,500 CHF
( 5,540 CHF monthly)


A person working as a Legal Assistant in Switzerland typically earns around 66,500 CHF per year. Salaries range from 34,600 CHF (lowest) to 102,000 CHF (highest).

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

Legal Assistant Salary Distribution in Switzerland

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

  • Salary Range

    Legal Assistant salaries in Switzerland range from 34,600 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 102,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 63,900 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 63,900 CHF while the other half are earning more than 63,900 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 Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 44,300 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 44,300 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Legal Assistant(s) are earning less than 79,500 CHF while 25% are earning more than 79,500 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

Legal Assistant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Legal Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 39,300 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 52,700 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 68,500 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, Legal Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 83,000 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 90,700 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 95,400 CHF per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Legal Assistant average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
39,300 CHF
2 - 5 Years+34%
52,700 CHF
5 - 10 Years+30%
68,500 CHF
10 - 15 Years+21%
83,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+9%
90,700 CHF
20+ Years+5%
95,400 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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Legal Assistant Salary Comparison By Gender

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

65,200 CHF
67,900 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Legal Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

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

Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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 Legal Assistant
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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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Legal Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

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

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% 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

Legal Assistant Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

32 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 32 CHF. This means that the average Legal Assistant in Switzerland earns approximately 32 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.

Legal Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Legal Assistant and Legal yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Legal Assistant is 55% less than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 20% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge356,000 CHF+440%
Arbitrator153,000 CHF+130%
Associate Attorney166,000 CHF+150%
Attorney245,000 CHF+270%
Bailiff76,400 CHF+15%
Barrister67,900 CHF+2%
Candidate Attorney143,000 CHF+110%
Conciliator122,000 CHF+83%
Contracts Manager147,000 CHF+120%
Contracts Negotiator114,000 CHF+71%
Conveyancing Secretary67,200 CHF+1%
Corporate Counsel184,000 CHF+180%
Counsel173,000 CHF+160%
Court Clerk58,800 CHF-12%
Court Judicial Assistant98,900 CHF+49%
Court Liaison Specialist116,000 CHF+74%
Court Reporter94,100 CHF+41%
Court Representative73,000 CHF+10%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer346,000 CHF+420%
Immigration Executive173,000 CHF+160%
In House Counsel175,000 CHF+160%
Intellectual Property Specialist120,000 CHF+80%
Judge Advocate280,000 CHF+320%
Law Clerk58,200 CHF-13%
Lawyer255,000 CHF+280%
Legal Administrative Assistant67,900 CHF+2%
Legal Advisor160,000 CHF+140%
Legal Assistant66,500 CHF-0%
Legal Associate116,000 CHF+74%
Legal Consultant146,000 CHF+120%
Legal Counsel188,000 CHF+180%
Legal Editor121,000 CHF+82%
Legal Executive235,000 CHF+250%
Legal Executive Secretary71,900 CHF+8%
Legal IP Officer63,300 CHF-5%
Legal Officer76,000 CHF+14%
Legal Services Director288,000 CHF+330%
Legal Services Manager297,000 CHF+350%
Legal Support Worker49,000 CHF-26%
Legislative Liaison114,000 CHF+71%
Litigation Attorney304,000 CHF+360%
Litigation Paralegal147,000 CHF+120%
Magistrate Judge380,000 CHF+470%
Paralegal96,000 CHF+44%
Patent Attorney194,000 CHF+190%
Staff Attorney204,000 CHF+210%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel73,500 CHF
Bern71,700 CHF
Biel63,700 CHF
Geneve73,900 CHF
Lausanne67,100 CHF
Lugano64,200 CHF
Luzern66,000 CHF
St. Gallen63,700 CHF
Winterthur65,500 CHF
Zurich74,200 CHF
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