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Chief of Surgery Average Salary in Switzerland 2021

How much money does a Chief of Surgery make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
577,000 CHF
( 48,100 CHF monthly)


A person working as a Chief of Surgery in Switzerland typically earns around 577,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 300,000 CHF (lowest) to 883,000 CHF (highest).

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

Chief of Surgery Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Chief of Surgery
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Chief of Surgery salaries in Switzerland range from 300,000 CHF per year (minimum salary) to 883,000 CHF per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 554,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chief of Surgery(s) are earning less than 554,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 554,000 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 Chief of Surgery(s) are earning less than 384,000 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 384,000 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chief of Surgery(s) are earning less than 689,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 689,000 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

Chief of Surgery Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Chief of Surgery salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Chief of Surgery with less than two years of experience makes approximately 341,000 CHF per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 457,000 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 594,000 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, Chief of Surgery(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 719,000 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 786,000 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 827,000 CHF per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Chief of Surgery average salary change by experience in Switzerland

0 - 2 Years
341,000 CHF
2 - 5 Years+34%
457,000 CHF
5 - 10 Years+30%
594,000 CHF
10 - 15 Years+21%
719,000 CHF
15 - 20 Years+9%
786,000 CHF
20+ Years+5%
827,000 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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Chief of Surgery Salary Comparison By Gender

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

589,000 CHF
565,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Chief of Surgery Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

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

Chief of Surgery

Chief of Surgery(s) in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 15% 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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Switzerland for the year 2020. 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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Chief of Surgery Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Chief of Surgery
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A Chief of Surgery is considered to be a high 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.

12% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 88% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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.

Chief of Surgery Average Hourly Wage in Switzerland

280 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 280 CHF. This means that the average Chief of Surgery in Switzerland earns approximately 280 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.

Chief of Surgery VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Chief of Surgery and Health and Medical yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Chief of Surgery is 62% more than that of Surgery. Also, Surgery salaries are 92% more than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Chief of Surgery577,000 CHF+0%
Oral Surgeon380,000 CHF-34%
Perioperative Aide123,000 CHF-79%
Surgeon416,000 CHF-28%
Surgeon - Burn365,000 CHF-37%
Surgeon - Cardiothoracic507,000 CHF-12%
Surgeon - Heart Transplant559,000 CHF-3%
Surgeon - Neurology486,000 CHF-16%
Surgeon - Orthopedic554,000 CHF-4%
Surgeon - Pediatric448,000 CHF-22%
Surgeon - Plastic Reconstructive525,000 CHF-9%
Surgeon - Trauma424,000 CHF-26%
Surgical Assistant140,000 CHF-76%
Surgical Instrument Techncian119,000 CHF-79%
Surgical Technologist132,000 CHF-77%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel590,000 CHF
Bern561,000 CHF
Biel520,000 CHF
Geneve608,000 CHF
Lausanne565,000 CHF
Lugano538,000 CHF
Luzern567,000 CHF
St. Gallen562,000 CHF
Winterthur536,000 CHF
Zurich627,000 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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