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Medical Science Liaison Salary

Salaries for Medical Science Liaisons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($121K) per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Medical Science Liaisons who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$69,479 - $145,616
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National Salary Data

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$1,540 - $24,541  
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$70,520 - $160,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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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Survey takers who work as Medical Science Liaisons usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Customer Relationship Management, Team Leadership, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Presentations. Those with knowledge of Leadership tend to be skilled in Team Leadership as well.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $111K per year. Medical Science Liaisons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $140K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $143K.

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Experience Affects Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$121,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 28%

Team Leadership
up arrow 8%


National Average
$121,000

Presentations
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 3%