Medical Science Liaison Salary

Medical Science Liaisons in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $113K) surpassing six figures annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Medical Science Liaisons like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Medical Science Liaisons (59 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$69,124 - $144,187

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$69,124 - $144,187  
   
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$1,510 - $24,480  
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$69,725 - $156,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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 using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Oral / Verbal Communication and Presentations as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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.


Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $113K per year. On average, Medical Science Liaisons make $136K following one to two decades on the job. Medical Science Liaisons who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $128K.

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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
$122,000


Skills That Affect Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Team Leadership
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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 22 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 4%
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