Average Salary for Novartis Employees

People who work for Novartis earn excellent salaries of around $99K per year on average. Novartis paychecks are largely negotiated based on your job title, though your experience level and your city are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Pharmaceutical industry, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing


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Bringing in the most money are Medical Science Liaisons — their earnings average about $120K annually. Clinical Trial Managers are a close second at approximately $107K along with Pharmaceuticals Sales Representatives ($100K) and Validation Engineers (around $89K). Near the bottom at Novartis are Administrative Assistants, pulling in an average of just $56K.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $68K per year. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $93K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Novartis employees (35 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn $118K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($110K annually) 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. High paychecks are not found in Raleigh, N.C.; in fact, at $77K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Across its U.S. offices, the state of Georgia pays Novartis the most — $117K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to around $123K annually. Becoming a Registered Pharmacist can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $120K on average. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at Novartis — these employees make the most at $135K per year.


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 about $144K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; one-sixth consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Clinical Research, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Two in five survey participants receive paid vacation, and only a quarter of workers get sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and most respondents use it to save for retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for most workers, and for most employees, dental coverage is too. Some other advantages of working at Novartis are a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Novartis


47 %
53 %
$48,500 - $124,632
$54,728 - $133,306
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

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