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Average income Switzerland - it pays


To earn his money in Switzerland has for many Germans quite an incentive, because the average salary in Switzerland is worldwide among the highest. But how much money can you ultimately count on? And how much is left over from the gross wage? The latter question can be answered by the Gross Net Calculator, which - fed with a few details - can calculate your salary. For the first question, on the other hand, we need to elaborate a bit.

To be able to determine the average wage in Switzerland, the so-called median value is calculated. This means that in an ascending order exactly the value in the middle is determined. So on the left side are 50% of the employees who earn less, on the right side the 50% who earn more. The value exactly in the middle is therefore our average income for Switzerland. This median value was CHF 6,502 in 2016 in the private and public sectors, and for all levels of education and for all ages. If we make another separation here, we look at an average salary in Switzerland of CHF 6,235 in the private sector and CHF 7,873 in the public sector. Since the exchange rate of the Swiss franc is roughly the same as that of the euro, we can assume that the euro amounts are approximately the same. If we then look at average salaries in Germany, which were 3,103 euros in 2008 and 3,880 euros in 2018, we see that there is a clear difference here.

Salaries Switzerland - it depends on the industry.

Unlike in Germany, there is no minimum wage in Switzerland. This does not seem to have much influence on salaries either, as they are very high in many industries. Often even higher than the median. In 2016, significantly higher incomes were generated in the following industries:

  • Insurance industry: CHF 8,762
  • Information technology and information services: 8,900 CHF
  • Financial services: 9,742 CHF
  • Pharmaceutical industry: 9,835 CHF

It is also worthwhile to graduate from a university or a technical college, where you can expect the following median values:

  • University graduates: 9,920 CHF
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  • Absolutees of universities of applied sciences: 8,800 CHF

With these yet quite high average incomes in Switzerland, it is understandable if it attracts many Germans to our southwestern neighbor.

Average salary Switzerland - salary by nationality.

Another aspect for Germans working in Switzerland is the nationality. For here, too, positive things can be reported: Workers with a residence permit and cross-border commuters can benefit - and this applies to highly qualified workers. This is because, on average, they have received higher wages than domestic employees. Accordingly, the average wage in Switzerland was

  • Swiss workers at CHF 10,136
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  • Cross-border workers at CHF 10,750
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  • Workers with a residence permit at 12,247 CHF.

Salary levels in Switzerland depend on several factors, including age, education, industry, work experience and, most importantly, the canton in which you live. To get an overview of how much gross is left over from the net, you can consult our salary calculator for Switzerland. With just a few details, you will get a good overview of your net salary.


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If you know your future gross salary in Switzerland, you can almost calculate your exact net without much effort. Our gross-net wage calculator takes into account the regular tax rates and differentiates between the respective regions.