To keep the discussion about salaries in Switzerland, if anyone is interested. Based on the data from BFS, we can come up with some gross numbers. As the numbers are net, for simplicity lets assume that 88% gross = net (the older, the higher the deductions for 2nd pillar). We should also ignore part time salaries and focus on full time salaries (>=90%). So gross:
50% earn up to 82’000 (median salary in CH)
65% earn up to 95’000
75% earn up to 110’000
85% earn up to 135’000
90% earn up to 150’000
95% earn up to 205’000
98% earn up to 275’000
It has been reported a couple of times that 350k gross (all-in for an individual) is the 1% threshold in Switzerland, although I don’t find a good source on the spot (and there can’t be, Switzerland doesn’t publish that data). With 5.25 million workers, there are therefore at least 50’000 people earning that much.
Assuming 88% net of gross pay is definitly wrong, as this skewes much lower with age and at higher incomes (higher share of 2nd pillar to avoid income taxes), probably for the 1% close to 80% (at least that is what efficient setups allow).
I also don’t believe that company owners dilute this data that much. True (100%) owners pay themselves only as much as needed in salary for tax and social security efficiency reasons.
These stats are based on a survey, other statistics are based on taxes data.
As mentioned by @hippo, I also believe that high-income individuals are a bit underrepresented in these data, but I don’t believe it would change the stats that much a massive impact, but are still speaking to a relative small number of people
Sure turns up something, but not what was asked, which was: What is the 1% income threshold? Both EFD tax statistics and BFS survey data cuts-off at 200k, 240k at best, and AHV income data is not published.
Or I am wrong and ask again: You got a link to that?
If you don’t like the brackets in the statistics you see, look at others. I’ve been able to find the 99.7% percentile in @Guillaume_GVA’s link above within five minutes.
And then, the canton I live in groups people into 150-250, 250-500, 500-1mln and 1mln+ brackets. So if you don’t find it in the ESTV data, look at your local situation. It’s probably more relevant to you personally; filtering out the outliers in ZH/ZG/SZ/etc that do not affect your personal living situation. (If you do live there, those cantonal tax admins also have detailed statistics available.) etc etc.
Yes! Good you ask, because this is important: This is the raw income data, so on the low end there are many part-time earners. All official statistics consider and correct this impact, which is why your initial post with BFS data shows a much higher median.