Average Salary for Eli Lilly and Company Employees

Indianapolis, Ind.-based Eli Lilly and Company hires for positions ranging from Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative to Research Scientist in the health care. A salary of $89K per year is the median rate at Eli Lilly and Company. For the most part, employee paychecks at Eli Lilly and Company fluctuate depending on your city; your job title and your experience level also matter, but to a lesser degree. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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About This Company

Indianapolis, Indiana 


Health care, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Preparations

Eli Lilly, Eli Lilly & Company

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($150K annually) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Fort Myers, Fla. (about $125K), Chicago, Ill. ($123K), and Cambridge, Mass. (around $88K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Terre Haute, Ind. — at $61K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in New York, where the average salary is approximately $150K per year.


Principal Scientists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $142K annually — though District Sales Managers, Research Scientists, and Clinical Research Scientists also do fairly well at $124K, $113K, and $110K, respectively. Eli Lilly and Company hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Biologists (about $61K on average).

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $62K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $82K annually. The largest fraction of Eli Lilly and Company people (33 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn about $98K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Lawyers earn approximately $247K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Becoming a SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 can certainly pay off here; those folks make around $107K on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance; Eli Lilly and Company awards $145K to these degree-holders.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Product Development; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $112K per year. Project Management is a popular skill among Eli Lilly and Company workers, with roughly one in seven of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to know Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

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 almost all survey participants, and the vast majority of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Eli Lilly and Company employees also enjoy perks such as gym membership, life insurance, a casual working environment, and a subsidized cell phone.

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$50,103 - $109,996
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
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