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How much do IT specialists earn in Switzerland?

Switzerland is expensive, but a silver lining is that workers tend to earn big bucks - and that’s certainly the case for IT specialists.

How much do IT specialists earn in Switzerland?
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IT specialists are sought after the world over, so it’s no surprise that their wages are at the higher end of the spectrum 

What IT specialists earn in Switzerland will depend largely on experience, education level and specialisation – but even those just starting out are well remunerated.

The figures come from a wage study put together by Swiss ICT and reported in media outlet 20 Minutes. The study refers to those with three years experience, unless otherwise indicated. 

Those starting out who have completed a computer science apprenticeship – even without finishing their Matura (secondary school exit exam) – earn 60,792 francs per year on average. 

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Conversely, those with a masters degree earn an average of 86,785 francs per year. 

The IT industry is subject to rapid change – with new tasks and even new jobs created regularly. 

If you're going to be an IT Specialist, there are worse places than Switzerland. Picture: Pexels

The Mediamatiker (English: mediamatician) – which according to 20 Minutes is a combination between “computer scientist and businessman” and only exists in Switzerland – might have been created comparatively recently, but they still earn an average of 91,104 per year. 

ICT Operators earn 93,269 francs per year, while ICT Supporters – who carry out many of the same tasks as ICT Operators but have a greater degree of seniority, earn 99,855 francs. 

READ: How much do workers in Switzerland earn – and which jobs are the best paid? 

DevOps Engineers – who take a broader view of an organisation’s IT services – get a fairly hefty pay increase, earning 119,811 per year. 

ICT Architects take another step up, earning 139,209 francs per year. It’s the same for ICT Sourcing Managers who earn 142,850 per year (five years experience). 

But if you really want to make the big bucks in the IT industry – and you haven’t gotten around to inventing Facebook or Microsoft yet – IT Program Management is the job for you. 

An IT Program Manager will earn 150,589 francs per year on average (with five or more years experience). 

 

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Six no-gimmick websites that help you save money in Switzerland

Sure, there are many adverts on the internet that claim to offer cheaper this and that, but more often than not, clicking on the link could cost you even more money (and time). However, there are also credible sites in Switzerland that will actually help you spend less.

Six no-gimmick websites that help you save money in Switzerland

When you live in an expensive country like Switzerland, getting more bang for your buck (or franc) may seem like an impossible feat.

Some residents of border areas save money by shopping for groceries in France, Italy, or Germany, where most products are much cheaper.

But not everyone in Switzerland has access to these stores and some people may actually prefer to support their own economy, even if it costs more.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about the cost of living in Switzerland

These six sites will not help you save money on everything, but they will help you in that direction.

Comparis.ch is an independent comparison platform that provides well-researched and impartial information on best deals in a variety of areas.

They include lowest prices for insurance (health, life, travel, car, and others); properties (including loans and mortgages); vehicles; and mobile phone and internet plans.

You can also find price comparison for various electronics; toys; beauty and wellness services; car and motorcycle accessories, and other products and services.

Moneyland.ch is another, though similar, cost comparison website, where lowest prices for banking, insurance and telecom services can be found.

Like Comparis, Moneyland will often produce reports ranking certain products and services, such as healthcare and insurance plans, which can give you a valuable insight on how to save in Switzerland. 

We can’t tell you which of the two resources is better; visit both and see which one fits your needs. Both have a English-language pages, as well as producing reports in Switzerland’s national languages. 

Cost of living: How to save on groceries in Switzerland

Toppreise.ch

This comprehensive portal also lists prices for hundreds of products in a wide range of categories, including electronics; household items, and appliances; clothing and jewellery; and even wine.

You can get good deals on wine if you look around. Image by Holger Detje from Pixabay

Bonus.ch

This site compares prices of items ranging from foods to body care products at Coop, Migros, and Lidl.

The prices may not always be up to date (and may change as the war in Ukraine and inflation progress), but the site will nevertheless give you a good idea of which products are cheapest where.

READ MORE: 13 things that are actually ‘cheaper’ in Switzerland

Consumer sites

While these websites aim primarily at protecting and defending consumer rights, they also have some useful information on how to save money on various purchases.

For instance, the Swiss-German chapter, Stiftung für Konsumentenschutz has advice on how to save on customs taxes when purchasing goods online in foreign countries.

In the French speaking cantons, Féderation  Romande des Consommateurs has information on where in the region you can pick your own strawberries and save money while doing so, and in Ticino, Associazione consumatrici e consumatori della Svizzera italiana has similar information.

If you visit these consumer sites regularly, you will find helpful advice on how and where to spend less on certain products and services at that particular time.

Find out where picking your own strawberries will save you money. Photo: Anna Tarazevich / Pexels

And then there is this…
 
If you want to know how much the price of communal services such as water and waste management is in your commune and how it compares with other Swiss municipalities, you can check it out on this official government website.
 
It doesn’t tell you per se how to save money on these services but it is a useful resource nevertheless.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: Why is Switzerland so expensive?

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