Average Salary for Novartis Employees

Novartis hands out hefty paychecks which often rise above six figures — average yearly compensation amounts to $109K. At Novartis, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your role at the company — it impacts salary more than anything else — though how long you've been working and where you live each factor into the equation as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Novartis Median Salary by Job


Sales Representative, Pharmaceuticals
12 profiles

Medical Science Liaison
6 profiles

Sales Specialist
5 profiles

Clinical Manager
4 profiles

Marketing Director
4 profiles

Sales Associate
4 profiles

Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
4 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 24 Jun 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 213
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Pharmaceutical industry, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing


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Nearing the top of the pay scale are Marketing Directors, Medical Science Liaisons, Sales Associates, and Sales Specialists; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $172K annually, the other salaries come in at $136K, $118K, and approximately $117K, respectively. On the lower end are Pharmaceuticals Sales Representatives at $87K on average.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $71K per year. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of approximately $97K annually. The largest slice of the Novartis workforce (43 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, about $117K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K annually) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Cambridge, Mass. (around $119K), East Hanover, N.J. ($117K), and Fort Worth, Texas ($92K) are the next top-paying cities. San Diego, Calif. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging around $76K. Across Novartis' U.S. offices, employees in the state of New Jersey earn the most, taking home $119K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $188K annually for Licensed Lawyers; non-accredited workers make much less. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Project Management Professionals with credentials; these people earn about $160K per year on average. The best paid folks at Novartis have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, earning approximately $181K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Leadership; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $125K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; just under a fifth consider it a key competency. Many workers usually know Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Field Sales, and Data Analysis as well.

Benefits and Perks

As part of compensation, Novartis gives paid vacation to 37 percent and paid sick leave to one in four survey participants. Novartis sponsors a 401(k) program, and the larger part of survey participants use this option to save for their retirement. Novartis provides health insurance to a large number of workers, and most workers do receive dental coverage. Privileges also include life insurance, a company cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

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Key Stats for Novartis


53 %
47 %
$61,508 - $126,606
$58,659 - $134,243

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$64,564 - $124,123
$62,400 - $139,379
$59,146 - $132,172
$84,507 - $108,960
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