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Average Salary for Eli Lilly and Company Employees

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Eli Lilly and Company offers a range of employment opportunities in the health care, from Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative to District Sales Manager. A salary of $84K annually is the median rate at Eli Lilly and Company. What you do at the company is the biggest factor affecting pay for Eli Lilly and Company workers, followed by how long you've been working and geography. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Eli Lilly and Company typically pays:
above market
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below market
Employer: Eli Lilly and Company
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About This Company

Indianapolis, Indiana 


Health care, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Preparations

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District Sales Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $126K per year; Clinical Research Scientists come in second with average earnings amounting to about $123K, while Capacity Planning Engineers and Medical Writers rank near the top as well ($118K and around $78K, respectively). Among the lower-paid positions at Eli Lilly and Company are A-Operators — the median salary for this role approaches approximately $33K.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $63K annually. Survey participants who have worked at Eli Lilly and Company for between five and 10 years earn approximately $85K per year on average. The largest slice of the Eli Lilly and Company workforce (32 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $90K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($124K per year) can be spotted in Roanoke, Va.; New York, N.Y. ($96K), the company's headquarter city of Indianapolis, Ind. (about $83K), and San Diego, Calif. (around $76K) are the next top-paying cities. Terre Haute, Ind. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $61K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Virginia, where the average salary is approximately $124K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Public Accountants are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $130K per year. On average, salaries rise to around $103K annually for accredited Project Management Professionals. Employees who have a Master of Science (MS), Computer Information Systems (CIS) make the most here, hauling in $108K per year.


When it comes to skills, Sales Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $125K annually. Folks here also tend to know Project Management; on the survey, approximately one in seven of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, and Field Sales.

Benefits and Perks

Two-fifths of workers receive paid vacation, and only one in four survey participants get sick leave. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for most workers, and a large number of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Perks also include gym membership, life insurance, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats for Eli Lilly and Company


52 %
48 %
$48,265 - $99,286
$53,693 - $120,546
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 21 votes.

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