Salaries for Medical Science Liaisons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($115K) per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Medical Science Liaisons (55 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,470 - $147,128
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$78K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $114,943
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$78,470 - $147,128  
   
Bonus
$5,872 - $24,946  
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
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$73,363 - $156,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Science Liaison

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $112K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $140K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $138K. Medical Science Liaisons who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $124K.

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Experience Affects Medical Science Liaison Salaries



Late-Career
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National Average
$121,000


Skills That Affect Medical Science Liaison Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 11%


Presentations
up arrow 8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$121,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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