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Inflation outstrips Swiss salary increases

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The latest figures show that Swiss salaries have not kept up with inflation. An average Swiss salary rose 0.4% in 2017, compared to inflation of 0.5%. This left the average salary earner 0.1% worse off in real terms over the year.

The figures were the same for both the secondary and tertiary sectors.

The rise in 2017 (+0.4%) was the same as 2016 (+0.4%) but less than 2015 (+0.5%) and 2014 (+0.9%). Average annual salary increases in Switzerland have been below 1% since 2010.

The 2017 average hides a wide range of salary movements from +1.3% to -0.3%. Jobs with the greatest salary rises include paper and printing (+1.3%), telecommunications (+1.2%) and IT services (+0.8%). Those at the bottom end include public administration (+0.1%), metal work (-0.2%) and rubber and plastic manufacturing (-0.3%).

The median Swiss salary in 2016 (the latest figure) was CHF 78,024 (US$ 78,000) a year1.

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Federal Statistical Office press release (in French) – Take a 5 minute French test now
1 Includes 13th month salary typically paid in Switzerland and assumes a 40 hour week.

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