Wage gap

Gross monthly wage by professional position and gender, 2014 - Middle value (Median), in Swiss francs - private and public sectors combined
Professional position Total Women Men Gap in %
Total 6 427 5 907 6 751 12.50
1+2 10 238 8 695 10 830 19.71
3 8 202 7 434 8 647 14.03
4 6 873 6 411 7 128 10.06
5 5 856 5 500 6 057 9.20
Professional position :
1+2 = Top, upper and middle management
3 = Lower management
4 = Lowest management level
5 = No management function


Results up to 2014

A one-time analysis of the wages 2008 based on NOGA 2002 and NOGA 2008 was carried out (NOGA = General Classification of Economic Activities). The results vary. Explanation: The mathematical model to analyse the salaries of women and men takes account, among other factors, of the economic branch. The transition from the NOGA 2002 to the NOGA 2008 classification has a corresponding influence on the results.

Explained and unexplained share in gender pay gap - Results based on NOGA 2008 (new standard)
  2008 2010 2012 2014
Percentage of gap that can be explained: Due to explainable factors 60.4% 62.4% 59.1% 60.9%
Percentage of gap that can be explained: No explainable reasons for gap 39.6% 37.6% 40.9% 39.1%
Private sector Source: Swiss Earnings Structure Survey, Calculation Department of Quantitative Economics, University of Fribourg, Büro BASS

Explained and unexplained share in gender pay gap - Results based on NOGA 2002
  1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
Percentage of gap that can be explained: Due to explainable factors 58,9% 55,6% 58,0% 60,5% 61,4% 61,1%
Percentage of gap that cannot be explained: No explainable reasons for gap 41,1% 44,4% 42,0% 39,5% 38,6% 38,9%
Private sector Source: Swiss Earnings Structure Survey, Calculation Büro BASS and Bern University

Gender pay gap and unexplained share in gender pay gap by economic branch - Private sector, Switzerland 2014
Economic
division (NOGA08)
Economic branch Gender pay gap (mean) Unexplained share in gender pay gap
    in % in CHF in % in CHF
Total private sector 19.5 1 495 39.1 585
10-12 Manufacture of food products and
tobacco
19.1 1 189 57.3 681
13-15 Manufacture of textiles and apparel 25.6 1 621 51.7 838
18 Printing, reproduction of recorded media 18.4 1 247 51.5 642
19-21 Manufacture of chemicals and pharmaceutical products 11.6 1 213 59.4 721
26-30/33 Manuf. of machinery and equipment 23.9 1 871 47.2 883
35 Energy supply 14.4 1 368 33.6 460
47 Retail trade 18.6 1 112 56.9 633
49-53 Transportation and storage 10.5 725 65.9 478
55-56 Accommodation and food service
activities
9.3 452 65.2 295
58-63 Information and communication 21.9 2 083 40.6 846
64-66 Financial and insurance activities 33.2 4 166 27.2 1 133
68 Real estate activities 20.1 1 599 37.1 593
69-75 Professional, scientific and technical activities 22.9 2 213 29.9 662
85 Education 14.5 1 169 38.4 449
86-88 Human health and social work activities 18.6 1 429 31.0 443
90-93 Arts, entertainment and recreation 13.7 948 42.4 402
94-96 Other service activities 24.3 1 919 26.0 499

Gender pay gap and unexplained share in gender pay gap - Public sector (Confederation, cantons, districts, communities, corporations, churches), Switzerland 2014
  Gender pay gap (mean) Unexplained share in gender pay gap
  in % in CHF in % in CHF
Totale public sector 16.6 1 457 41.7
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In-depth analyses

On behalf of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the Federal Office for Gender Equality, regular, in-depth analyses of gender wage gaps were made.

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