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Where Expats Earn the Most

Switzerland tops the list of countries for foreign-employee pay

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Moving abroad boosts the average worker’s income by $21,000, with the  best-paid staff found in Switzerland, the U.S. and Hong Kong. That’s the conclusion in HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer survey showing that 45 percent of expats said their existing job paid more internationally and 28 percent changed locations for a promotion. In Switzerland, famous for both sky-high mountains and prices, the annual income boost totaled $61,000, with expat salaries averaging $203,000 per year -- twice the global level.