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Minimum wage and average earnings in Switzerland

In Switzerland, salaries are negotiated either on an individual basis or collectively. Collective negotiations are conducted by the social partners (trade unions and employers’ associations) for a whole sector or for specific companies. Working conditions and salaries are thus agreed jointly in a collective employment agreement (CEA) containing provisions on minimum wage levels, continuation of wage payments, vacation, working hours and termination of employment.

The authorities can issue standard employment contracts for certain sectors or categories of profession with weak union representation and not covered by a collective employment agreement.

National wage calculator

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) online national wage calculator will give you an idea of typical salary ranges in Switzerland for the sector you work in based on your individual profile (age, years of experience, training and education, position in the company, profession).

Equal pay

The principle of equal pay for women and men is enshrined in the Federal Constitution and in the Gender Equality Act. Both sexes must be equally compensated for equal and equivalent work. Contact the Federal Office for Gender Equality for information on what you need to do in the event of pay discrimination.