What do people earn in Switzerland?

From baker to banker, Swiss workers earn salaries that must be put into perspective. Like anywhere in the world, salaries in Switzerland vary depending on factors like education, experience and location. Each year, canton Zurich’s Office for Economy and Labour publishes a guide outlining salaries for nearly every profession imaginable. This year’s 800-page Lohnbuch 2017 (in German) compiles salary data such as minimum suggested wages plus typical salary ranges based on age and experience. You can learn more about working conditions in Switzerland in swissinfo.ch’s guide to salaries, which covers everything from pay and deductions to contracts and working hours. While the figures might seem high – especially in some branches – it’s important to remember that Switzerland also has a high cost of living. For example, people spend about a third of their income on rent alone.

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