Income from employment

Income from employment is the income that individuals receive from exercising gainful employment. This includes not only wages but also profits from self-employment and employment-related social security benefits.Income from other non-employment sources such as property, social assistance, transfers, etc., is not included in income from employment.

According to the results of the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS), the distribution of employed persons6 by employment income group differs by sex. The survey shows that in 2021, 30% of men working full time received an income of more than CHF 104 000 compared with 18% of women. This trend is reversed for the lower income groups: 16% of women working full time received an income of less than CHF 52 000 compared with 8% of men.

Gross income from employment per year(1) from employed persons(6) according to economic activity status, group of occupation ISCO 08 (2), workweek percentage and gender - Permanent resident population(3), median(4) in Francs, 2021
  Total

Full-time

(90% and more)

Part-time

(less than 90%)

  Men Women Men Women
Self-employed (5) 60 000 80 000 62 000 39 600 29 000
Family workers 48 000 68 900 55 900 20 500 28 000
70 000 87 500 75 000 45 500 40 300

Executives, senior managers

117 000 132 000 110 000 75 000 68 400

Academic/scientific professions

85 100 111 800 91 000 66 600 55 900

Intermediate professions

77 100 94 000 77 000 58 500 46 400

Administrative staff

64 400 82 200 72 000 37 700 42 900

Service and sales staff

45 000 69 700 56 600 26 800 27 600

Farmers

60 800 66 500 (54 900) (36 000) (46 600)

Craftsmen and skilled workers

71 500 74 300 61 100 52 000 30 000

Drivers and fitters

67 900 72 800 61 000 28 200 24 000

Unskilled workers

39 500 65 000 52 000 19 400 19 000
12 500 12 800 12 200 *   *  

First year

9 700 9 600 9 800 *   *  

Second year

12 200 12 400 12 000 *   *  

Third and fourth year

16 300 16 300 16 300 *   *  
(1) The professional annual income is calculated on the basis of 12 monthly sums and one or two monthly sums will be added, insofar as a 13th or 14th wage is paid. In case of bonuses or gratuities half a month’s wage is added.
(2) International Standard Classification of Occupations, European Union's variant
(3) All persons who officially reside in Switzerland for the entire year: Swiss citizens domiciled in Switzerland and foreign citizens (holders of a permanent resident permit, holders of a resident permit, holders of a short-term resident permit valid at least 12 months, diplomats and international civil servants).
(4) Median: For half of the persons, the income from employment is above the given middle value (median), and for the other half below it.
(5) Employee in own company included
(6) Employed persons: those who carry out an economic activity as defined by the national accounts for at least one hour per week (self-employed, persons working in a family business, employees and apprentices). Together with the unemployed, they represent the labour supply (active persons). Economically inactive persons are made up of people in education and training, homemakers of both sexes and pensioners.

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