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Law Enforcement / Security / Fire Average Salaries in Zurich 2020

How much money does a person working in Law Enforcement / Security / Fire make in Zurich?


Average Yearly Salary
109,000 CHF
( 9,050 CHF monthly)

LOW
40,600
CHF
AVERAGE
109,000
CHF
HIGH
213,000
CHF

A person working in Law Enforcement / Security / Fire in Zurich typically earns around 109,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 40,600 CHF (lowest average) to 213,000 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 Law Enforcement / Security / Fire 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
Accreditation Coordinator116,000 CHF
Accreditation Manager165,000 CHF
Advocate102,000 CHF
Control Room Operator44,400 CHF
Criminal Investigator157,000 CHF
Facility Monitor84,300 CHF
Fire Chief158,000 CHF
Fire Dispatcher78,500 CHF
Fire Education Specialist136,000 CHF
Fire Extinguisher Technician46,800 CHF
Fire Fighter79,900 CHF
Fire Inspector145,000 CHF
Fire Investigator147,000 CHF
Fire Prevention Engineer121,000 CHF
Forensic Investigator140,000 CHF
Forensic Science Technician147,000 CHF
Fraud and Forensic Specialist150,000 CHF
Fraud Examiner156,000 CHF
Grants Specialist188,000 CHF
Intellectual Property Associate129,000 CHF
Intelligence Research Specialist217,000 CHF
Investigator154,000 CHF
Jail Officer65,800 CHF
Juvenile Probation Officer108,000 CHF
Juvenile Supervision Officer109,000 CHF
Lock-Smith44,100 CHF
Parole Officer73,100 CHF
Police Captain174,000 CHF
Police Communications Officer104,000 CHF
Police Officer84,000 CHF
Police Patrol Officer76,400 CHF
Prison Officer64,400 CHF
Prisoner Custody Officer56,100 CHF
Private Detective / Investigator152,000 CHF
Security Adviser152,000 CHF
Security Guard43,800 CHF
Security Management Specialist220,000 CHF
Security Manager222,000 CHF
Security Officer47,600 CHF
Security Supervisor124,000 CHF
Security Systems Installer109,000 CHF
Security Technician46,800 CHF
Surveillance Operator57,400 CHF
Traffic Controller83,000 CHF

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire Jobs Salary Distribution in Zurich

Median and salary distribution yearly Zurich Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries in Zurich range from 40,600 CHF per year (minimum average salary) to 213,000 CHF per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 106,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Law Enforcement / Security / Fire are earning less than 106,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 106,000 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 Law Enforcement / Security / Fire are earning less than 66,100 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 66,100 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Law Enforcement / Security / Fire are earning less than 157,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 157,000 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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
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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 Law Enforcement / Security / Fire earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
101,000 CHF
Female-4%
96,600 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Law Enforcement / Security / Fire Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Law Enforcement / Security / Fire professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire professionals in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 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

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

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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Law Enforcement / Security / Fire Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
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Law Enforcement / Security / Fire is considered to be a low 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.

72% of surveyed staff in Law Enforcement / Security / Fire reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% 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
28%
No Bonus
72%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire Hourly Average Wage in Zurich


52 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zurich is 52 CHF. This means that the average person in Zurich earns approximately 52 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.

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Law Enforcement / Security / Fire and Law Enforcement / Security / Fire yearly Zurich
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The average salary for Law Enforcement / Security / Fire is 20% less than that of All Jobs.

Zurich VS Switzerland

Salary Comparison Between Zurich and Switzerland yearly Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
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We compared Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries in Zurich and Switzerland and we found that Zurich salaries are 10% more than those of Switzerland.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel105,000 CHF
Bern101,000 CHF
Biel91,600 CHF
Geneve107,000 CHF
Lausanne103,000 CHF
Lugano93,500 CHF
Luzern97,400 CHF
St. Gallen95,300 CHF
Winterthur99,200 CHF
Zurich109,000 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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