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What's a good salary in Zurich...

I am the main 'breadwinner' and was offered a job in Baar - 130,000/ year. If we move we would like to live in Zurich which means commuting. I have a two year old child who will need to go into the krippe, and my partner does not earn that well (works from home). At the moment we live in Germany and we manage to have a very good standard of living because Germany can be cheap (to start with, child care is practically free...). I really need help here - do you think that 130,000 a year in Zurich for a family is a good deal? Many thanks!
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Re: What's a good salary in Zurich...

Had a search of the forum, where this exact kind of question has been answered 1000 times?
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Re: What's a good salary in Zurich...

How much do you get in Germany? No, not really worth it for a family, unless you live in Baar, then it might be doable. The expense of Zurich apartments, childcare availablity and price in Zurich, the expense, hassle and time of commute, plus higher taxes in Zurich. Unless of course you are on 40K Euros or something in Germany...
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Re: What's a good salary in Zurich...

Hello Marlene,

The average salary in Zurich is around CHF9000; this is heavily skewed due to those with bonkers income. Reality is far different for most. Your salary is above this average: consider yourself wealthy.

Hope this helps. Welcome to the English Forum.
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How much do you get in Germany? No, not really worth it for a family, unless you live in Baar, then it might be doable. The expense of Zurich apartments, childcare availablity and price in Zurich, the expense, hassle and time of commute, plus higher taxes in Zurich. Unless of course you are on 40K Euros or something in Germany...
Are you saying to her that 130K is not worth it? Zurich has higher Taxes? Either you are taking the piss, or all I have learned the last couple of months is wrong...
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Re: What's a good salary in Zurich...

Live in Baar where it's a wonderful place to raise a family and taxes are the lowest in the country and save yourself the commute and the high expenses.

130k in Baar is more than enough for a very good life. Of course, we don't know how much you made in Germany to compare lifestyles.

I assume you're in Glencore?
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Are you saying to her that 130K is not worth it? Zurich has higher Taxes? Either you are taking the piss, or all I have learned the last couple of months is wrong...
130K is an above average Swiss salary and will likely afford a nice Swiss lifestyle. The question, though, is how will this Swiss lifestyle compare to the OP's German one. For instance, large freestanding house with garden vs. 4 room flat, car, childcare, etc.

For folks who come to Switzerland from countries with lower wages but higher purchasing power - especially when it comes to housing - even a good Swiss salary can mean adjusting materially downwards.

But then there are the 'quality of life' intangibles to add into the equation. Perhaps what Switzerland offers in this respect will outweigh whatever (if any) material adjustments she might have to make - for many they do. QoL is a personal measurement, one only the OP can make for herself.

The best advice I was given was not to try to replicate my US lifestyle - that would be impossible - but to learn to enjoy a good 'Swiss' life.
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130K is an above average Swiss salary and will likely afford a nice Swiss lifestyle. The question, though, is how will this Swiss lifestyle compare to the OP's German one. For instance, large freestanding house with garden vs. 4 room flat, car, childcare, etc.

For folks who come to Switzerland from countries with lower wages but higher purchasing power - especially when it comes to housing - even a good Swiss salary can mean adjusting materially downwards.

But then there are the 'quality of life' intangibles to add into the equation. Perhaps what Switzerland offers in this respect will outweigh whatever (if any) material adjustments she might have to make - for many they do. QoL is a personal measurement, one only the OP can make for herself.

The best advice I was given was not to try to replicate my US lifestyle - that would be impossible - but to learn to enjoy a good 'Swiss' life.
That's actually a very good answer! Spot on!
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The best advice I was given was not to try to replicate my US lifestyle - that would be impossible - but to learn to enjoy a good 'Swiss' life.
The opposite is true as well, for example when my daughter made a truffle risotto in the US.

And when I go to vacation in the US, and spend more for food than here.

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How much do you get in Germany? No, not really worth it for a family, unless you live in Baar, then it might be doable. The expense of Zurich apartments, childcare availablity and price in Zurich, the expense, hassle and time of commute, plus higher taxes in Zurich. Unless of course you are on 40K Euros or something in Germany...
Are you actually joking? We had a similar situation.... with husband moving from Austria to Zurich with me. He is the main breadwinner. The only at the moment in fact. He made above average in Austria.... Even with the cost of living considered.. was still well worth our move so far. Sure, you pay a crap ton for rent. I'm sure childcare costs will be nerving in our future. But you don't have all the money being sucked out for social costs.... so still worth it. You can also adjust your life.. as you should if you really want to live a new country, a new experience. With that salary it's possible for only one breadwinner especially with only one child. You don't need a mega palace in Zurich... We live in Zurich Kanton but not directly in city. This is a major cost cut and is so beautiful. Vienna was also a fortune for rent and the suburbs to this standard also were more expensive *when comparing to living costs.... So I would say do it. You should really have a look on the official income/cost of living sheet too before you say it's not a good salary.... and whatnot.....
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Re: What's a good salary in Zurich...

I have not even half of that salary i live quite well.

yes I know I have no family. But can easy afford my car, an apartment and holidays...
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I really need help here - do you think that 130,000 a year in Zurich for a family is a good deal? Many thanks!
I think it is quite a good sum actually, even in Zurich. Off course you have to spent judiciously, but that is true for all salaried employees irrespective of your salary.

However is it a good deal? I can't say, considering the life style you might be having in Germany. If I were you, I would have moved and tried to stay in Baar.

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