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Aerospace engineer salary

Hi all,

I've read quite a few threads on here and have been crawling through the internet, but finding clear examples of salaries is proving to be difficult.

Does anyone have an idea of what salary an Aerospace engineer could earn in Lucerne. I have a Master's degree and 6+ years experience. I am currently thinking around 110,000 CHF?

I am currently living in California and have a couple of opportunities to move out to Lucerne. It would be myself and wife moving out, she wouldn't work to begin with. The salary in California is pretty great and is enough to look after both of us. We're not sure a single salary in Switzerland would be enough to get by on. Some things out there look incredibly expensive.


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Hi all,

I've read quite a few threads on here and have been crawling through the internet, but finding clear examples of salaries is proving to be difficult.
Yes.

It's difficult because salaries in Switzerland have never been subjected to any sort of controls except for market forces, so it's not unusual that two employees with the same experience doing the same job could be on hugely different salaries.

Those forces have tended to drive pay rates consistently down over recent years, at least for anyone starting out here, while those already on higher rates tend to stay put, thank you very much.

As such it's both culturally and contractually forbidden to discuss salaries, so you'll never get an answer beyond what an employer is prepared to offer you.
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Re: Aerospace engineer salary

There are significant fundamental differences between the US and Switzerland. Accurately attempting to compare quality of life gets much more involved than salaries and the cost of goods and services.

Unfortunately I can’t write much about this at the moment. Primarily though, you may be discouraged by the cost of replicating a particular US lifestyle here. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
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Hi all,

I've read quite a few threads on here and have been crawling through the internet, but finding clear examples of salaries is proving to be difficult.

Does anyone have an idea of what salary an Aerospace engineer could earn in Lucerne. I have a Master's degree and 6+ years experience. I am currently thinking around 110,000 CHF?

I am currently living in California and have a couple of opportunities to move out to Lucerne. It would be myself and wife moving out, she wouldn't work to begin with. The salary in California is pretty great and is enough to look after both of us. We're not sure a single salary in Switzerland would be enough to get by on. Some things out there look incredibly expensive.


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What kind of experience though, CAMO, design, maintenance, certification, quality? I know Aeros with about 5 years experience on 80-110k, the higher end with German and experience working under EASA regulations, or just shit hot.
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Re: Aerospace engineer salary

I would say 110k is a bit high. 80-100K perhaps more realistically. And a bit higher as a contractor compared to being direct and permanent employee.

As an individual 80 or 110K a year is an ok salary, but if you bring a partner it would help a lot if the partner is working, if they are not you will feel the pinch a bit.
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Aerospace in Lucerne, this can't be but Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG - yes or no?
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What kind of experience though, CAMO, design, maintenance, certification, quality? I know Aeros with about 5 years experience on 80-110k, the higher end with German and experience working under EASA regulations, or just shit hot.
Iím a stress engineer, not sure Iím shit hot, but my current employer is rather fond of me. Looks like 110k is a bit high.

Thereís a couple of potential jobs, neither at Pilatus.

Iím from the U.K. originally, so used to living more modestly than an American. Mostly like the idea of Switzerland for the mountains and to not have to drive. Having the wife makes me abit more cautious about upending my current life.
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Hi all,

I've read quite a few threads on here and have been crawling through the internet, but finding clear examples of salaries is proving to be difficult.

Does anyone have an idea of what salary an Aerospace engineer could earn in Lucerne. I have a Master's degree and 6+ years experience. I am currently thinking around 110,000 CHF?

I am currently living in California and have a couple of opportunities to move out to Lucerne. It would be myself and wife moving out, she wouldn't work to begin with. The salary in California is pretty great and is enough to look after both of us. We're not sure a single salary in Switzerland would be enough to get by on. Some things out there look incredibly expensive.


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Single salary.Not enough. 20,000 a month. Which cloud are you living on?
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Iím a stress engineer, not sure Iím shit hot, but my current employer is rather fond of me. Looks like 110k is a bit high.

Thereís a couple of potential jobs, neither at Pilatus.

Iím from the U.K. originally, so used to living more modestly than an American. Mostly like the idea of Switzerland for the mountains and to not have to drive. Having the wife makes me abit more cautious about upending my current life.
Might be a little high alright, but 2 people can live on 80-90k, just not in luxury.
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