Average Salary for Eli Lilly and Company Employees

Indianapolis, Ind.-based Eli Lilly and Company hires for positions ranging from Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative to Clinical Research Scientist in the health care. The average employee at Eli Lilly and Company takes home $83K per year. Your job title primarily drives compensation; however, where you live and your experience level are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Eli Lilly and Company. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Indianapolis, Indiana 


Health care, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Preparations

Eli Lilly, Eli Lilly & Company

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Clinical Research Scientists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $130K annually — though District Sales Managers, Pharmaceuticals Sales Representatives, and Pharmaceutical Field Sales Representatives also do fairly well at $124K, $72K, and $72K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Eli Lilly and Company are A-Operators — the median salary for this role approaches approximately $33K.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $124K per year) can be spotted in Roanoke, Va.; the company's headquarter city of Indianapolis, Ind. ($82K), Houston, Texas ($81K), and San Diego, Calif. ($76K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (about $52K) in Terre Haute, Ind., one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, Eli Lilly and Company employees make the most in Virginia, earning approximately $124K annually on average.

Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $78K per year on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $62K annually on average. The largest fraction of Eli Lilly and Company people (33 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $91K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Public Accountants earn approximately $130K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Registered Pharmacists also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $95K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Science (MS), Computer Information Systems (CIS); Eli Lilly and Company awards around $108K to these degree-holders.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Clinical Research; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $94K annually. A garden variety skill at Eli Lilly and Company is Project Management; nearly one in eight of Eli Lilly and Company's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Field Sales, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of employees at Eli Lilly and Company enjoy paid vacation time, and just a quarter of workers can take sick leave. With an eye toward the future, Eli Lilly and Company offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most respondents, and most survey participants report receiving dental coverage as well. Perks also include gym membership, life insurance, and a subsidized cell phone.

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Key Stats for Eli Lilly and Company


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$48,520 - $92,614
$51,393 - $119,263
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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