Switzerland is located in the central part of Europe. It borders Germany to the north, Italy to the south, France to the west, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is a country with a thriving market economy, high standard of living, comfortable climate, and many places for exciting recreation.

The population of Switzerland is 8.7 million people. Slightly more than 2 million locals were born abroad. The country has three official languages – German, Italian and French. Unemployment is around 3-4%. Let's find out what salaries in Switzerland in 2021.

Salary in Switzerland

Minimum salary in Switzerland

There is no set federal minimum wage in Switzerland. The exception is certain sectors of the economy where there are collective agreements between employees and employers that fix minimum wage rates. Collective agreements exist at national, regional, cantonal and corporate level.

Important. In 2014, Swiss voters rejected a government proposal to introduce a minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs per hour at the federal level in the country. Just over three-quarters of voters opposed it.

In 2017 and 2018, the cantons of Neuchâtel and Jura, respectively, introduced a minimum wage of 20 francs per hour ($22). In the canton of Ticino, rates ranging from 19.75 to 20.25 francs per hour will be gradually introduced in three phases beginning January 1, 2021.

On September 27, 2020, Swiss voters in the canton of Geneva approved a minimum wage of 23 Swiss francs per hour ($25) for all industries by a majority vote (58% to 42%). Voter turnout was 54.14%. The minimum wage in Geneva in 2021 is 4,000 francs per month ($4,435). It is the highest in the world.

Note. Geneva employers who fail to comply with the innovation will face administrative fines of 30,000 Swiss francs (about $33,250). In the case of repeat violations, the amount could be doubled.

Average salary in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the richest and most prosperous countries in the world. Accordingly, local residents have a very high level of income. The rights of workers and labor laws in general are strictly observed here. The Swiss government has set a limit on the number of working hours – 45 hours for office staff and retailers, and 50 hours for other workers.

Workers over the age of 20 are entitled to a minimum of four weeks vacation each year, and workers under the age of 20 have five weeks off. Each canton can set a maximum number of public holidays. Wages in Switzerland are usually reviewed annually, with the increase usually being implemented as of January 1 of the following year.

According to Swiss statistical agencies, the average wage in Switzerland in 2021 is 6,300 francs per month, the equivalent of 6,980 U.S. dollars. The highest salaries in Switzerland are recorded in the information and communication sector (9,286 francs), and the lowest in the accommodation and food industry (4,412 francs).


Sector of economy Francs per month Dollars per month
Financial and insurance activities 9,286 10,200
Information and communication 8,724 9,585
Education 8,570 9,415
Public administration and defense 8,258 9,070
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 8,199 9,005
Professional, scientific and technical activities 7,873 8,650
Real estate operations 6,760 7,425
Arts, entertainment and recreation 6,549 7,195
Manufacture 6,436 7,070
Health care and social work 6,406 7,035
Mining and quarrying 6,222 6,835
Construction 6,218 6,830
Water, sewerage and waste management 6,179 6,790
Transport and storage 6,097 6,700
Wholesale and retail trade 5,634 6,190
Administrative and support services 5,328 5,855
Accommodation and food 4,412 4,845
Other services 6,397 7,025

Note. The information on average wages in Switzerland by sector of economy is based on current official data from the Swiss Statistics Office.

In conclusion, we should note that the rate of income tax in Switzerland on salaries varies from 0% (income up to 14,500 francs per year) to 11.5% (income over 755,200 francs per year). Plus a progressive basic tax is levied – from 131.65 to 86,848 francs.

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