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Average Salary for Novartis Employees

It is not unusual for people who work at Novartis to earn generous salaries — average pay comes to $95K per year. What you do at the company primarily drives compensation; however, your experience level and geography are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Novartis. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Novartis typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: Novartis
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Research Scientist (7)
$45,401 - $115,868  
[-]Research Scientist (7)
Salary$46,124 - $106,973  
Bonus$1,239 - $16,227  
Total Pay$45,401 - $115,868  
[+]Administrative Assistant (5)
$32,813 - $70,335  
[+]Administrative Assistant (5)
Salary$33,167 - $66,963  
Bonus$307.52 - $4,693  
Total Pay$32,813 - $70,335  
[+]Clinical Trial Manager (4)
$75,425 - $143,366  
[+]Clinical Trial Manager (4)
Salary$74,023 - $130,762  
Bonus$4,251 - $25,555  
Total Pay$75,425 - $143,366  
[+]Sr. Administrative Assistant (4)
$46,221 - $90,418  
[+]Sr. Administrative Assistant (4)
Salary$44,373 - $79,471  
Bonus$591 - $5,629  
Total Pay$46,221 - $90,418  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256

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Lichtstrasse 35


Pharmaceutical industry, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing


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Earning $107K annually on average, Training Managers receive the most money, followed by Clinical Trial Managers (around $107K), Pharmaceuticals Sales Representatives ($85K), and Research Scientists ($76K). Novartis hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Administrative Assistants (about $56K on average).

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $67K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $91K annually. The largest slice of the Novartis workforce (35 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, approximately $113K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($101K annually) can be spotted in East Hanover, N.J.; Boston, Mass. (about $100K), Fort Worth, Texas ($92K), and New York, N.Y. (around $87K) are the next top-paying cities. Emeryville, Calif. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging about $73K. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of approximately $110K per year) in New Jersey.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $123K annually for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Registered Pharmacists with credentials; these people earn $120K per year on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD); Novartis awards $135K to these degree-holders.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Leadership; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $142K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Project Management; close to one-sixth consider it a key competency. Many workers usually know Clinical Research, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office as well.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at Novartis can sometimes lack paid time off; two-fifths of employees get paid vacation days, and 28 percent receive paid sick leave. Most workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Perks cover health insurance for a large number of respondents and dental coverage for most respondents. Some other advantages of working at Novartis are life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Novartis


49 %
51 %
$46,754 - $120,584
$54,188 - $128,611
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 54 votes.
$38,809 - $91,323
$75,550 - $177,216
$55,987 - $63,077
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