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Medical Science Liaison Salary

Wages for Medical Science Liaisons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($113K) per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Science Liaisons. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$68,601 - $145,252
(Median)
$69K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,151
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$1,522 - $24,679  
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$68,816 - $161,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Customer Relationship Management, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Oral / Verbal Communication and Presentations as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Competency in Leadership frequently indicates knowledge of Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Science Liaison

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


For Medical Science Liaisons, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $112K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $139K in this role. Medical Science Liaisons with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $142K.

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Experience Affects Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$122,000


Skills That Affect Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 27%



National Average
$122,000

Presentations
up arrow 18%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%