Average Salary for Novartis Employees

Pay is high at Novartis where employees can expect to earn an average of $99K annually. Novartis paychecks are largely negotiated based on your role at the company, though how long you've been working and your city are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This Company

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Pharmaceutical industry, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing


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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.

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Key Stats for Novartis


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$48,500 - $124,632
$54,728 - $133,306

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