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REVEALED: What are the best and worst paid jobs in Switzerland?

Switzerland is known for high salaries. But which jobs are the best paid - and which are not?

REVEALED: What are the best and worst paid jobs in Switzerland?
What are the best and worst paid jobs in Switzerland? Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP

Switzerland has released its annual salary book which chronicles the average wage for major jobs in Switzerland.

Not only does it indicate average wages, but also how much a person can expect to earn if they gain additional experience.

The book is released yearly and takes into account salaries across the country from a variety of sources.

“The approximately 9400 details come from collective employment contracts as well as recommendations and statistics” Livia Tosoni, the author of the payroll book, told Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes.

While the salaries listed in the report do not provide an exact picture of what people are actually earning every month, they do give a key insight into which jobs are well paid and which are not.

A summary of the 2019 and 2018 versions of the book can be seen by clicking the links.

Tosoni said that the study’s findings do not showcase the full impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The currently available data from the wage surveys and the collective wage agreements do not yet allow any solid statements on this,” Tosoni said.

“Based on today’s knowledge, we assume that the wage development from 2020 to 2021 was lower than in other years.”

An abridged version of the study can be found here.

How much do people earn in Switzerland on average?

Swiss wages published by the Federal Statistical Office (OFS) shed light on some interesting facts, including on how much foreign workers earn compared to their Swiss counterparts.

According to FSO’s Swiss Earnings Structure Survey of 2018, the last year for which official statistics are available, the median monthly wage in Switzerland is 6,538 francs.

The salaries have not dramatically changed since then.

The study shows that the lowest-paid 10 percent of employees earned less than 4,302 francs per month, while the highest-paid 10 percent earned nearly 11,700 a month.

More information about wages in Switzerland can be found at the following link.

Swiss salaries: How much do people earn in Switzerland?

What are the highest paid professions?

As with the results from previous years, the highest paid job in Switzerland is a Chief Financial Officer, which has an average monthly salary of 14,231 francs (before tax).

Pilots are also highly paid – the impacts of the coronavirus notwithstanding – taking home 8,365 to 9,361 francs per year.

While doctors will earn a strong salary of 8,076, a chief doctor or physician will take home 13,030 francs per month.

Credit and risk managers take home 8,788 francs a month.

Teachers in Switzerland earn 6,647 francs per month (Kindergarten) and between 7,093 and 7,516 francs per month in primary or high school.

READ MORE: What do teachers earn in Switzerland – and where do they earn the most?

What about the lowest paid?

At the other end of the spectrum, flight attendants earned one of the lowest wages when it came to non-apprentice workers.

Flight attendants in Switzerland earn 3,400 francs per month, rising to 3,500 per month from the third year.

Employees in smaller shops and kiosks earn 3,700 per month, rising to 3,900 from the fifth year of service.

READ MORE: How much do freelancers earn in Switzerland?

The rate is higher in Switzerland’s supermarket chains, where collective labor agreements help push up the average salaries.

At Coop and Migros, the salary is 4,200 francs, while at Lidl the average monthly pay is 4,350 francs.

Working in the service industry – although obviously one of the hardest hit occupations due to the pandemic – pays an average of 4,195 francs per month.

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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. 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. 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

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

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?