Medical Science Liaisons represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $120K per year — though Clinical Trial Managers, Pharmaceuticals Sales Representatives, and Validation Engineers also do fairly well at about $107K, approximately $100K, and $89K, respectively. Administrative Assistants are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $56K.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $93K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $68K per year. Overall, the greater share of Novartis folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average $118K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $110K per year) can be spotted in Boston, Mass.; East Hanover, N.J. (about $109K), Fort Worth, Texas (around $97K), and San Carlos, Calif. ($90K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (around $77K) in Raleigh, N.C., one of the lowest-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in Georgia, where salaries average out at $117K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $123K per year. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Registered Pharmacists with credentials; these people earn about $120K annually on average. At Novartis, employees who hold a Doctorate (PhD) receive the highest salaries at $135K.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Strategic Planning; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $144K per year. Project Management is regularly seen around here; nearly one-sixth of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Some other standard skills here are Clinical Research, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Novartis can sometimes lack paid time off; two-fifths of workers get paid vacation days, and a quarter of employees receive paid sick leave. Novartis sponsors a 401(k) program, and most employees use this option to save for their retirement. Novartis provides health insurance to most respondents, and most workers do receive dental coverage. Other privileges include a company cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.