The basic salary for staff members employed under public law is defined in the cantonal salary regulations and is paid out in either 12 or 13 monthly installments depending on the type of employment. Compensation for academic staff and instructors is governed by a separate set of regulations.

Overview of salary regulations 2023 (PDF, 204 KB)

Salary regulations 2023 (PDF, 556 KB)

Classification guidelines for academic positions (PDF, 236 KB) (2023 version follows soon)

Rates for instructors (PDF, 57 KB)

FCS Scholarship Holders (fact sheet) (PDF, 100 KB)

Traineeship salaries (PDF, 129 KB)


Allowances and benefits may also be paid in addition to the base salary, such as:

  • Child and/or education allowances
    Family benefits
  • Function-based allowances


The following may be deducted from the base salary:

  • Withholding tax for foreign employees resident in the Canton of Zurich or abroad
    Withholding tax
  • Voluntary top-up cover for accidents

Equal Pay Analysis at the University of Zurich

The equal pay analysis at the University of Zurich is repeated on a regular basis. Please find the details of the current analysis here:

UZH Equal Pay Analysis 2020