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Human Resources Average Salaries in Switzerland 2021

How much money does a person working in Human Resources make in Switzerland?

Average Yearly Salary
117,000 CHF
( 9,760 CHF monthly)


A person working in Human Resources in Switzerland typically earns around 117,000 CHF per year. Salaries range from 49,800 CHF (lowest average) to 203,000 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 Human Resources 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
Benefits Administrator80,900 CHF
Benefits Analyst97,900 CHF
Benefits Manager167,000 CHF
Chief People Officer201,000 CHF
Compensation Analyst99,900 CHF
Compensation and Benefits Manager160,000 CHF
Compensation and Benefits Officer66,400 CHF
Compensation Manager170,000 CHF
Corporate Director of Human Resources215,000 CHF
Corporate Trainer106,000 CHF
Employee Benefits Administrator122,000 CHF
Employee Communications Manager150,000 CHF
Employee Development Specialist131,000 CHF
Employee Engagement Specialist139,000 CHF
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator124,000 CHF
Employee Performance Specialist98,600 CHF
Employee Relations Manager140,000 CHF
Employee Relations Practitioner148,000 CHF
Employee Services Manager141,000 CHF
Employment Advice Worker65,300 CHF
Employment Interviewer101,000 CHF
Employment Service Specialist83,900 CHF
Employment Services Coordinator92,200 CHF
Enrollment Counselor132,000 CHF
Equal Opportunity Representative99,700 CHF
Executive Human Capital Management200,000 CHF
Executive Recruiter142,000 CHF
Expatriate Administration Manager143,000 CHF
Expatriate Administration Supervisor97,900 CHF
Global Mobility Manager182,000 CHF
Headhunter138,000 CHF
Health Benefits Coordinator80,900 CHF
HRIS Analyst71,500 CHF
HRIS Manager126,000 CHF
HRIS Supervisor72,900 CHF
Human Resources Administration Specialist82,300 CHF
Human Resources Administrator87,300 CHF
Human Resources Advisor133,000 CHF
Human Resources Analyst121,000 CHF
Human Resources Assessor73,600 CHF
Human Resources Assistant Manager146,000 CHF
Human Resources Associate55,800 CHF
Human Resources Consultant153,000 CHF
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager123,000 CHF
Human Resources Generalist105,000 CHF
Human Resources Manager184,000 CHF
Human Resources Officer76,800 CHF
Human Resources Representative77,900 CHF
Human Resources Section Head124,000 CHF
Human Resources Superintendent75,400 CHF
Human Resources Training Executive145,000 CHF
Industrial Organizational Psychologist169,000 CHF
Job Evaluation Specialist130,000 CHF
Labor Relations Director156,000 CHF
Labor Relations Manager157,000 CHF
Labor Relations Specialist76,900 CHF
Learning and Development Manager171,000 CHF
Occupational Health and Safety Officer72,600 CHF
Organizational Development Consultant155,000 CHF
Organizational Development Manager173,000 CHF
Organizational Development Specialist91,900 CHF
Payroll Assistant66,600 CHF
Payroll Supervisor81,400 CHF
People Development Officer103,000 CHF
Personnel Officer55,300 CHF
Records Clerk52,900 CHF
Records Manager87,000 CHF
Recruiter142,000 CHF
Recruiting Coordinator70,800 CHF
Recruiting Manager196,000 CHF
Recruitment Consultant132,000 CHF
Recruitment Officer78,300 CHF
Recruitment Supervisor112,000 CHF
Research Associate65,900 CHF
SAP Resource Manager140,000 CHF
Talent Acquisition Specialist106,000 CHF
Talent Management Officer84,800 CHF
Training and Development Section Head145,000 CHF
Training Executive154,000 CHF
Training Officer69,800 CHF

Human Resources Jobs Salary Distribution in Switzerland

Median and salary distribution yearly Switzerland Human Resources
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources salaries in Switzerland range from 49,800 CHF per year (minimum average salary) to 203,000 CHF per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 112,000 CHF per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 112,000 CHF while the other half are earning more than 112,000 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 Human Resources are earning less than 73,000 CHF while 75% of them are earning more than 73,000 CHF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 151,000 CHF while 25% are earning more than 151,000 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.

Human Resources Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Switzerland Human Resources
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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 Human Resources earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

120,000 CHF
115,000 CHF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Switzerland for all Careers

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Human Resources Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Switzerland

How much are annual salary increments in Switzerland for Human Resources professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Human Resources

Human Resources professionals in Switzerland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% 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 Human Resources
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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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Human Resources Bonus and Incentive Rates in Switzerland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Switzerland Human Resources
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Human Resources 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 Human Resources 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.

Human Resources Hourly Average Wage in Switzerland

56 CHF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Switzerland is 56 CHF. This means that the average person in Switzerland earns approximately 56 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.

Human Resources VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources and Human Resources yearly Switzerland
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The average salary for Human Resources is 5% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Basel125,000 CHF
Bern120,000 CHF
Biel109,000 CHF
Geneve127,000 CHF
Lausanne122,000 CHF
Lugano111,000 CHF
Luzern116,000 CHF
St. Gallen113,000 CHF
Winterthur118,000 CHF
Zurich129,000 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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