Swiss Direct Investment in the United States

Creating Jobs and Supporting the U.S. Economy

Switzerland and the United States are tightly connected through intensive cross-border investments. The United States is Switzerland's most important destination for foreign direct investment (FDI)—more than Germany, France, Italy and the UK combined. With $300 billion in direct investments, Switzerland ranks as the United States’ 7th largest foreign investor. Swiss companies directly create half-a-million U.S. jobs; they are especially active in manufacturing and significantly outspend affiliates from other countries in research & development.

Quick Facts:

  1. Switzerland’s cumulative direct investment in the U.S. amounts to $300 billion (2020).
  2. Swiss affiliates directly support half-a-million jobs. They are the 7th largest foreign employer in the U.S. (2019).
  3. Swiss affiliates pay the highest average salary among the seven largest investing countries in the U.S.: $109,000 per year on average (2019).
  4. Swiss affiliates are the third biggest investor in R&D and invest $10.3 billion annually in the United States (2019).
  5. U.S.-based Swiss affiliates pay $6.7 billion in income tax, representing the third highest total income tax by country among foreign affiliates (2019).

Watch the short video (2014 data):  Switzerland Punches Way Above its Weight in the U.S. Economy