Salary Cost Calculator for Employers

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Useful information about the salary cost calculator for employers on

  • The salary cost calculator on makes it easy for you as an employer to find the true cost of hiring an employee in Switzerland. You can also calculate total salary costs as a percentage of gross salaries.
  • Calculations account for OASI/DI/EO, unemployment insurance (ALV) and child benefit (FAK) social security contributions as well as premiums for occupational accident insurance (OAI) and sick leave insurance, and occupational pension fund contributions. OASI, IV, EO, ALV and FAK contributions are automatically accounted for in calculations. Insurance premiums and pension fund contributions vary between insurance providers, pension funds and arrangements with employees. These can be entered manually.
  • Special canton-specific costs may apply depending on the canton in which an employer is domiciled. Additional costs may include contributions or premiums for occupational education funds, maternity insurance and social funds, for example. These exceptional costs are not accounted for in calculations.
  • Percentages shown in results are based on the gross salary. The gross salary serves as the basis for the calculation of most contributions and insurance premiums.
  • A gross annual salary includes possible supplementary material benefits (like room or board), a possible 13th monthly salary per year, and irregular benefits such as bonuses and commissions, sign-on bonuses and severance settlements, and anniversary bonuses.
  • The results shown apply to employees which have not yet reached standard OASI retirement age (64 years old for women, 65 for men).
  • The rules used for social security contributions (particularly the OASI, DI, EO and ALV) apply to standard employees. Special rules may apply to household employees and students. These are not accounted for and may vary from calculator results.
  • Occupational accident insurance (OAI): OAI premiums must be paid by employers. These are normally shown as a pro mille of employee salaries. Non-occupational accident insurance (NOAI) premiums are normally deducted from employee salaries. Although they can be paid by employers on a voluntary basis as an extra employee benefit, NOAI premiums are not accounted for by the salary cost calculator.
  • Sick leave insurance: This insurance is not compulsory and not all employers use it. Employers who take out sick leave insurance can deduct up to half of the cost of premiums from employee salaries. Calculations are based on the assumption that employers only half of the cost of premiums is covered by the employer.
  • Compensation office fees: You as the employer must cover fees charged by your social security compensation office. The highest fee which compensation offices are legally allowed to charge is equal to 5% of combined OASI, DI and EO contributions (not 5% of the gross or net salary).
  • Child benefits (FAK): The contributions which must be paid to social child benefits schemes (FAK) vary between cantons. In most cantons, the full contribution must be paid by the employer. Calculations automatically account for FAK contributions.
  • Occupational pension fund (OP): The employer must cover a minimum of 50% of the cost of occupational pension fund contributions. Calculations are based on the assumption that exactly half of contributions are covered by the employer.
  • All results are rounded. Rounding differences may occur.
  • If you are an employee, you can use the net salary and gross salary calculator to calculate your net salary or to find out how high your gross salary is.
  • You can find all calculators here.
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