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Salaries - is 110k enough for family of 3?

If that possible to survive for three-head family (me, 32 y. o., wife, child)
for 110K CHF.
Company pays health insurance for whole family breakfast/lnch/dinner for me, gym for me, massage and hairdresser as well.

Location: Zurich
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Old 11.08.2006, 12:07
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Re: Salaries

If they are paying your health insurance, that effectively adds perhaps CHF 10K gross (probably more, maybe less) to your salary.

Your apartment size and location will be your biggest outgoing.
There's lots of info on accomodation already on this site about where to live etc.

Other than that, I'd say yes.
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Re: Salaries

Just for the kicks of it, what company are you going to work for. To me it sounds like google.com??? But just a guess.
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Just one of international companies in Zurich
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Re: Salaries

I bet it's big G!
Shall we start a poll?

Back to topic: I would recommend to rent an appartment/house in the outskirts of Zürich,
where rents are quite a bit lower. I'm no expert, but according to the Source-Tax-Table of
Kanton Zürich, you will probably have to account for about 750 CHF tax coming off your income
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Re: Salaries

Yes you can easily survive on that salary unless you have expensive tastes.
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Re: Salaries - is 110k enough for family of 3?

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If that possible to survive for three-head family (me, 32 y. o., wife, child)
for 110K CHF.
Company pays health insurance for whole family breakfast/lnch/dinner for me, gym for me, massage and hairdresser as well.

Location: Zurich
I know someone who has 2 kids, wife, works in Zurich (but lives outside of Winterthur), has to pay health insurance on his own for the whole family and earns approx. 90k and manages well. And THAT is a good salery (saleries went down for "normal" jobs in the last 5 years).

Now 110k (I was once in the region and now far below that amount) is a very good salery, if you have a normal, down-to-earth, family livestyle. (= e.g. NOT an expensive, 6 rooms single family house by the lake, at least 3 cars etc., just to give you an idea). Having the health insurance already paid and some other "small" fees, then you can count yourself quite lucky, because as somebody said before, it can sum up quite a bit (depending on what health insurance class you'd like to have, e.g. "private" or "public").

Of course having a kid who might need to be sent to a (private) international school, will increase the costs of living dramatically.

Being direct taxed (a % rate directly from your salery, called "Quellsteuer"), will deduct the effective earned amount as well quite a bit (check for other posts on this website).

All in all, I believe it's a very good salary for a typical upper-midclass job. But you have to investigate the costs you will have to expect for the livestyle you would like to have.

Zurich is definately an expensive place to live. As been said in the posts before, you will have to consider to find a place to live more outside of Zurich. Later, maybe even a different canton (e.g. if you like mountains).
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