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Salary & salary surveys

We promote wage transparency in the financial industry and provide annual wage demand recommendations.


We create transparency

For many employees, the issue of salary is of central importance, as shown by the great interest in the salary survey conducted by the SBEA every two years.

In the banking industry, annual salary developments, in particular cost-of-living adjustments, are not negotiated by the social partners, but by the elected staff councils in the individual banks in accordance with the Agreement on Conditions of Employment for Bank Employees (ACEBE). In consultation with the staff councils, the SBEA makes a recommendation for wage demands in each case and communicates this via the media.

The ACEBE contains further rules on the subject of salary.

If you would like to find out more about whether you are being paid in line with the market, you can also consult the salary calculators of the Swiss Trade Union Federation or the Federal Statistical Office (last updated in 2018).

Salary calculator of the Swiss Trade Union Federation

Salary calculator of the Federal Statistical Office


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SBEA Salary Survey 2023

In spring 2023, over 3,000 bank employees took part in our latest salary survey. You can find the most important results in the interactive charts below: Median salaries and bonuses by age, gender, bank type and function level as well as a comparison over time with the salary surveys since 2017.
You can find a more detailed discussion of the results in the latest issue of the member magazine Giro, which was published in mid-November 2023. Our active members will also receive a series of newsletters with even more detailed results at the beginning of 2024.

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