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Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

Hello everybody,

I have recently received an offer for a permanent Software Developer position from a company based in Zurich. The salary is 98'000 CHF for officially 42h a week. My experience is about 8 years (4 years in Switzerland) with C++, Java, Linux, Windows, Embedded ... and good German. I guess this salary is a bit too low for Zurich because I make the same in another canton with lower cost of living.

How much could I expect for Zurich taking into account the current market situation?

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Old 10.01.2013, 15:14
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

Is that the daily rate?
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Is that the daily rate?
it's permie, not contract, so most likely not a daily rate. probably monthly.
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

It is yearly gross salary 98k chf.
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it's permie, not contract, so most likely not a daily rate. probably monthly.
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It is yearly gross salary 98k chf.
My dear OP - I think that they are pulling your chain - first posts like this tend to get not much sympathy if the poster hasn't checked out of the 1348 similar posts which exist in the archives. Have a dig about, try "IT salary" in the search box and then pop by if your question hasn't already been covered
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

FAQ: A brief guide to salaries in Switzerland
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

Thanks, I checked this stuff before but just I wonder if the market rate has just changed because of the strong Swiss franc. The last such kind of post was back in 2009.
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Old 10.01.2013, 15:56
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

98K for a 42 hour week in Zürich is not good to be honest. It is not awful for an IT job but it is heading that way....
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

so you have been in switzerland, working in IT for 4 years, and you don't know if that's a good salary????
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

I don't know exactly the rates from Zurich because I work in St. Gallen in the same company since moving to Switzerland. Anyhow I expect somewhere around 110k which I think is fair for a permanent position.
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

110 sounds ok to me, 98 is low for Zurich. You should be on lower income tax in Zurich also.
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

With 8 years experience I would expect at least 120K in Zürich.
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Old 10.01.2013, 17:18
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

Really? we're in 2009 again are we?? I know people with a lot more experience taking a lot less then 120k, have you not been reading the papers and seeing all the IT layoff's in zurich?????
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I know people with a lot more experience taking a lot less then 120k, have you not been reading the papers and seeing all the IT layoff's in zurich?????
They are being ripped off, I do know people with comparable experience that get paid more than 120K. And no I haven't seen all these IT layoffs in Zürich. Don't believe all you read in the newspapers, there is still lack of IT people with the right skills, I know companies struggling to hire IT people with specific skill sets (and they are offering good money).
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

feck me, all those people from UBS, CS, Sunrise etc are just dreaming they where laid off then
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feck me, all those people from UBS, CS, Sunrise etc are just dreaming they where laid off then
There are always layoffs, just like there are always new positions. What I meant is I haven't seen a shrinkage in the overall IT market.
(that said I would stay away from the big banks for several reasons, been there, done that, never again)
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

but there are a lot more people after the jobs, willing to take a lot less money
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Re: Actual salary for Software Developer in Zürich

Which technologies are right now in demand? It seems that the .Net/C# is hot.
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(that said I would stay away from the big banks for several reasons, been there, done that, never again)
What reasons? I have seen a bank in Zurich advertising a job in my field and am wondering if applying is a good idea. What would put you off working at a large bank here? I would appreciate any answer you could give.
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but there are a lot more people after the jobs, willing to take a lot less money
you mean people from outside Switzerland (especially new EU eastern european countries) or people already living in Switzerland?
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