Cost of living
The annual rent for newly marketed apartments costs between CHF 175 and 295 per m², which equates to CHF 1,500 and 2,500/month for 100 m². Detached houses are priced between CHF 4,200 and 4,200 per m². A married couple with two children can expect to pay 10% tax on a gross income of CHF 100,000 a year, 14.4% on CHF 200,000 and 22.7% on CHF 500,000.
Compulsory health insurance will cost the same family between CHF 5,000 and 13,000 a year, depending on the level of cover and the insurer. A coffee or a beer cost CHF 3 and 4 respectively, lunch from CHF 25 to 40 and dinner in a good restaurant around one hundred Swiss francs a head. The lowest salaries, in the region of CHF 4,200 a month, are in the hotel and catering sectors. The best-paid workers are in finance, earning monthly salaries of CHF 10,000 and above.