Updated August 18, 2021
Average Medical Science Liaison Salary
$169,000 yearly
$81.35 hourly

Entry level Salary
$100,000 yearly
$100,000
10 %
$169,000
Median
$283,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$283,000
$23,583
$136
75th Percentile
$222,000
$18,500
$107
Average
$169,199
$14,100
$81
25th Percentile
$128,000
$10,667
$62
10th Percentile
$100,000
$8,333
$48

Average Medical Science Liaison Salary By State

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Medical Science Liaison average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$105,985
$50.95
Alaska
$102,207
$49.14
Arizona
$126,180
$60.66
Arkansas
$130,904
$62.93
California
$129,325
$62.18
Colorado
$107,971
$51.91
Connecticut
$147,411
$70.87
Delaware
$142,840
$68.67
District of Columbia
$130,564
$62.77
Florida
$109,168
$52.48
Georgia
$96,606
$46.45
Hawaii
$68,357
$32.86
Idaho
$105,937
$50.93
Illinois
$133,411
$64.14
Indiana
$118,592
$57.02
Iowa
$125,180
$60.18
Kansas
$113,223
$54.43
Kentucky
$132,375
$63.64
Louisiana
$87,751
$42.19
Maine
$153,909
$73.99
Maryland
$147,617
$70.97
Massachusetts
$125,473
$60.32
Michigan
$113,223
$54.43
Minnesota
$141,223
$67.90
Mississippi
$100,788
$48.46
Missouri
$96,611
$46.45
Montana
$116,219
$55.87
Nebraska
$106,141
$51.03
Nevada
$135,327
$65.06
New Hampshire
$128,404
$61.73
New Jersey
$149,598
$71.92
New Mexico
$118,632
$57.03
New York
$133,349
$64.11
North Carolina
$127,587
$61.34
North Dakota
$106,689
$51.29
Ohio
$119,192
$57.30
Oklahoma
$130,250
$62.62
Oregon
$104,872
$50.42
Pennsylvania
$132,691
$63.79
Rhode Island
$142,617
$68.57
South Carolina
$96,197
$46.25
South Dakota
$116,907
$56.21
Tennessee
$124,688
$59.95
Texas
$106,018
$50.97
Utah
$80,836
$38.86
Vermont
$123,606
$59.43
Virginia
$130,675
$62.82
Washington
$123,023
$59.15
West Virginia
$94,754
$45.55
Wisconsin
$125,583
$60.38
Wyoming
$116,051
$55.79

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Highest Paying Cities For Medical Science Liaison

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Clifton, NJ
$164,673
$79.17
Baltimore, MD
$160,900
$77.36
Ridgefield, CT
$160,226
$77.03
San Francisco, CA
$147,367
$70.85
Naperville, IL
$145,214
$69.81
Oklahoma City, OK
$141,025
$67.80

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How much does a Medical Science Liaison make?

The average medical science liaison salary is $169,199 per year, or $81.35 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $100,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $283,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, and Delaware provide the highest medical science liaison salaries.

Average Medical Science Liaison Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $169,000
    $81.35
    +3.2%
    2020
    $164,000
    $78.74
    +1.9%
    2019
    $161,000
    $77.24
    -2.1%
    2018
    $164,000
    $78.88
    +2.8%
    2017
    $159,000
    $76.67
    +0.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    PHD Researcher

    Avg. salary: $49,665

    The primary job of a Ph.D. researcher is to plan and conduct experiments and analyzing their outcome. You will collect, organize, and analyze data and opinions to solve issues and predict trends. Other tasks you will perform include doing fieldwork to collect samples, writing reports, research papers, and reviews, and organizing materials testing. In addition, you need to liaise with research and production staff, develop ways to resolve problems, and supervise junior research staff.
    19,480 PHD Researcher Jobs
    Researcher

    Avg. salary: $60,078

    A researcher is responsible for collating, organizing, and verifying necessary information for a specific subject. Researchers' duties include analyzing data, gathering and comparing resources, ensuring facts, sharing findings with the whole research team, adhering to required methodologies, performing fieldwork as needed, and keeping critical information confidential. Researchers must be knowledgeable about the current market trends and align findings with the research goals. A researcher must show strong communication skills, as well as strong attention to detail and time-management skills to meet deadlines under minimal supervision.
    31,819 Researcher Jobs
    Fellow

    Avg. salary: $66,381

    A fellow's responsibility will depend on the organization or industry where one belongs. However, most of the time, a fellow's duty will revolve around conducting research and analysis, presiding discussions and attending dialogues, handle lectures while complying with the guidelines or tasks set by supervisors, and assist in various projects and activities. Furthermore, a fellow must adhere to the institution or organization's policies and regulations at all times, meet all the requirements and outputs involved, and coordinate with every person in the workforce.
    6,238 Fellow Jobs
    Research Fellow

    Avg. salary: $49,120

    A research fellow is an academic researcher who conducts research and analysis of comprehensive literature, data, and results and provides literature reviews. He/She supervises research assistants and recruits study participants to interview them for a particular study. To become a research fellow, a candidate should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline and publish peer-reviewed papers. Also, a research fellow can be an independent investigator or be supervised by a principal investigator.
    54,983 Research Fellow Jobs
    Doctoral Fellow

    Avg. salary: $48,477

    A doctoral fellow is a physician that has completed studies and receives a fellowship to cover his/her or her expenses while completing his/her or her medical dissertation. A doctor fellow undergoes this fellowship to get additional training for their chosen sub-specialty. During the fellowship period, a fellow can act as an attending physician or consultant physician with other physicians' direct supervision in the sub-specialty field.
    22,887 Doctoral Fellow Jobs
    Microbiologist

    Avg. salary: $58,817

    Microbiologists are responsible for studying the microscopic organisms causing infections and environmental damage, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Their work focuses on the identification and growth of these microbes to better understand their characteristics that may help in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious and bacterial diseases. They use sophisticated technologies and machinery to study microbes and perform their tasks. These scientists are also responsible for developing best practices and techniques for routine sampling and research. Microbiologists may work in various settings, including laboratories, research institutes, and hospitals.
    11,072 Microbiologist Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    PHD Researcher
    $49,666
    $4,139
    $23.88
    19,480
    Researcher
    $60,079
    $5,007
    $28.88
    31,819
    Fellow
    $66,381
    $5,532
    $31.91
    6,238
    Research Fellow
    $49,120
    $4,093
    $23.62
    54,983
    Doctoral Fellow
    $48,477
    $4,040
    $23.31
    22,887
    Microbiologist
    $58,817
    $4,901
    $28.28
    11,072
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    Medical Science Liaison Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a medical science liaison can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Medical Science Liaisons The Most?

    To earn a high income as a medical science liaison, working for Lake Charles Memorial Health System or Adventist Health System might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like bluebird bio and Lee Health report highly competitive wages for medical science liaisons.
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    Recently Added Medical Science Liaison Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Bayer
    Veterans Preferred-Lead Medical Science Liaison
    Veterans Preferred-Lead Medical Science Liaison
    Boone, CO
    08/05/2021
    $130,000
    08/05/2021
    Jobot
    Medical Science Liaison
    Medical Science Liaison
    Blacksburg, VA
    08/02/2021
    $80,000
    08/02/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    Toone, TN
    07/21/2021
    $104,000
    07/21/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    Alabama
    07/21/2021
    $104,000
    07/21/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    Enon, OH
    07/21/2021
    $104,000
    07/21/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    Bowne, MI
    07/21/2021
    $104,000
    07/21/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    Nore, MN
    07/21/2021
    $104,000
    07/21/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    Hope, IN
    07/21/2021
    $104,000
    07/21/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison-Oncology
    US Medical Science Liaison-Oncology
    Durham, NC
    07/15/2021
    $104,000
    07/15/2021
    General Electric
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    US Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Neurology and Molecular Imaging
    Chicago, IL
    07/15/2021
    $104,000
    07/15/2021

    Average Medical Science Liaison Salary by Demographic

    Medical Science Liaison Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $175,664
    female-income
    Female Income
    $172,222
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$175,664
    Female$172,222
    Median Medical Science Liaison Income by Race
    Black or african american medical science liaisons have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino medical science liaisons have the lowest average salary at $168,586.
    $180,000
    $144,000
    $108,000
    $72,000
    $36,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$172,837
    Black or African American$177,570
    Asian$174,163
    Hispanic or Latino$168,586
    Average Medical Science Liaison Salary by Education Level
    Medical science liaisons with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $179,310 annually. With a Masters degree, medical science liaisons earn a median annual income of $172,222 compared to $157,679 for medical science liaisons with an Bachelors degree.
    $180,000
    $144,000
    $108,000
    $72,000
    $36,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$172,222
    Bachelor's Degree$157,679
    Doctorate Degree$179,310