Medical Science Liaison Salary

On average, Medical Science Liaisons in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($115K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Medical Science Liaisons is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$69,745 - $145,290
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MEDIAN: $115,015
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$70,833 - $161,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Job Description for Medical Science Liaison

Medical science liaisons are clinical research professionals who are responsible for interpreting logical and therapeutic data and building connections between individuals and organizations, such as industry officials and medical professionals. They work in healthcare and are often employed at managed care, biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies. Medical science liaisons present data from clients to healthcare organizations and professionals, which may include hospitals, pharmacists, and general practitioners. They identify and present research opportunities when available to support clients' products and customers. Additionally, medical science liaisons help develop protocol and administer proposals when necessary, as well as train sales personnel, providing them with up-to-date knowledge of products and its uses.

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Medical Science Liaison Tasks

  • Provide timely and relevant updates, scientific support and responses to scientific or medical inquires related to products.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining clinical/scientific relationships with key opinion leaders, researchers, coordinators, laboratory managers, and other members of the scientific community.
  • Apply scientific knowledge and experience to organize the collection and analysis of clinical data.
  • Analyze, interpret, and clarify product results for scientific and medical publications and conferences.

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Medical Science Liaisons report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Presentations and Oral / Verbal Communication. Aptitude in Leadership tends to also indicate an understanding of Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Science Liaison

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $115K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $139K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Science Liaisons make a median salary of $138K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $131K on average.

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Experience Affects Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
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National Average
$124,000


Skills That Affect Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Team Leadership
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National Average
$124,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 13%

Presentations
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 4%
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