Swiss wage index

Wage growth in 2022

The Swiss nominal wage index rose by 0.9% on average in 2022 compared with 2021. It settled at 100.7 points (base 2020 = 100). Given an average annual inflation rate of +2.8%, real wages fell by 1.9% (97.3 points, base 2020 = 100) according to calculations by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

In 2022, nominal wages rose by an average of 0.9% compared with the previous year (2021: –0.2%; 2020: +0.8%; 2019: +0.9%; 2018: +0.5%). In the most important collective labour agreements (CLA), to which almost half a million employees are party, an effective wage increase (nominal wages) of +0.3% was agreed for 2022.

The rise in prices caused in particular by higher gas, oil, car and rent prices led to an exceptional inflation of +2.8% at the end of 2022. Due to the adjustment of nominal wages to inflation, the purchasing power of wages decreased by 1.9%.

Nominal and real wage growth in 2022
    Nominal wages in %
Real wages in %
Total economy 0,9 -1,9
Inflation 2,8%    
Sector 2 0,7 -2,1
Sector 3 1,0 -1,8
Men 1,1 -1,7
Women 0,8 -2,0

Real wage decline of 1.9%

The purchasing power of wages decreased by 1.9% in 2022 (+2.8%) due to high average inflation. In 2022, real wage development ranged from –5.0% to +1.2%. This wide range illustrates the different wage dynamics in the individual economic branches. Only in the “manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products together with the chemical and pharmaceutical industries” did real wages increase in 2022, in all other economic branches the purchasing power of wages fell.

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Wage growth in Switzerland. Quarterly estimates of wage growth for all employees.

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Wage growth in Switzerland since 1942. Indices and real and nominal change by sex for all employees.


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