Household income and expenditure

The income and expenditure of private households in Switzerland are presented here in the form of overview tables of the household budget.

Income components are displayed as positive numbers whereas the expenditure ones are displayed as negative numbers.

This allows subtotals, such as gross income, disposable income or savings, to be shown in a transparent and understandable way.

The file with the overview tables contains supplementary indicators like the household composition or the share of specific categories of households (for example, the proportion of tenant households).

Detailed tables with more than 500 indicators on expenditure (structured along five hierarchical levels) are also available, as well as tables with indicators on consumed quantities of food and beverages, and fuels.

The household budget by household characteristics

The indicators presented above, which are means over all households in Switzerland, give a good insight into the average household budget in Switzerland. Yet these numbers don't illustrate the variations due to household composition, income situation or other dimensions.

Separate tables for different subgroups can show those variations. However, due to the rather small annual HBS sample size (3269 households in 2016), tables for subgroups are only available based on a pooled sample of three years.

Overview tables are available split into the following subgroups (downloadable EXCEL file in French, also available in German and Italian):

Additionally, there are overview tables for the following household types (combined with other dimensions):

Complete table series with the household budget

The tables above are also available in one EXCEL file as complete sets for each three-year pooled sample (in French, available in German or Italian as well):

Related analyses

Concerning income and expenditure, there are analyses available on the following themes (these reports in French are also available in German):

Further information


These tables in French are also available in German or Italian.



This publication in French (nr. 1088-1100) presenting the HBS 2011 results is also available in German or Italian.

This publication in French (nr. 014-0304) on the HBS weighting model is also available in German.

Press releases

Statistical sources and concepts

On this topic

Household expenditure

Detailed expenditure of the private households in Switzerland

Quantities consumed

Detailed consumed quantities of the private households in Switzerland


Federal Statistical Office Section Income, Consumption and Living Conditions
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