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Medical Science Liaison
Salary & Compensation

As an MSL or MSL manager, how do you know if your salary aligns with industry standards? As an aspiring MSL, how do you know what Medical Science Liaisons make?

The annual MSL Salary and Compensation Survey, conducted by the Medical Science Liaison Society, is THE most comprehensive, accurate and authoritative resource on global MSL salaries and compensation levels.

From those that participated in the 2020 Salary Survey, the majority of Managers / Directors of MSLs based in the USA use the report as their primary salary benchmark data. Because of that, the MSL Society hires an external research firm every year to analyze and calculate the data to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the salary survey.

The MSL Society conducted the FIRST-EVER global MSL salary survey in 2014. Our 2020 Survey had 2,034 MSL professionals from 67 countries participate and includes 1,242 slides making it the largest database of MSL salaries and also the most reliable database of MSL salaries in the world!

The most common titles used for the medical science liaison role.

Like all of our research, all salary reports are available for FREE to professional members of the MSL Society (as well as those who participated in the survey).

Who are MSLs report on educational background, companies, salaries and therapeutic area details.

Why is the MSL Salary & Compensation Survey important?

Salary and compensation is clearly one of the most important factors in successfully recruiting and retaining the best MSL talent. It’s crucial for companies to ensure the compensation they offer is competitive by benchmarking against others in their industry and region.

Are you an MSL? This data will help you determine what a fair salary is, or if your salary aligns with industry standards.

Are you an MSL Manager? The data will also help YOU determine what a fair salary is but equally important, it will also help you to benchmark salaries for the MSLs you manage.

Are you an aspiring MSL? The data in this report will help you set the right salary expectation before you apply to your desired employer.

Another important reason for us to conduct the annual MSL Salary Survey is to identify gender pay gaps. Since 2014 (when we published our first MSL salary report), we have identified pay gaps based on gender when all other variables have been isolated. For example, in the 2019 report female MSL managers made less than their male counterparts.

In 2020, we added race to the demographics of our survey to identify potential pay gaps based on race.

What is included in the MSL Salary & Compensation Survey?

The 2020 survey is our 7th annual global survey on MSL Salary and Compensation levels. Like previous years, the primary purpose of the survey was to gain insights into current global MSL salary and compensation levels across pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, and other healthcare companies that employ MSLs.

Explanation of how we segmented the Medical Science Liaison Salary data.
Explanation of how we segmented the Medical Science Liaison Salary data.

Which countries are included in the MSL Salary & Compensation Survey?

Individual country reports were created for all countries that received a sizeable number of responses. As a result, the full results of the 2020 Salary Survey is available in 16 versions including the global results and 15 individual countries reports.


NOTE: All Salary data is reported in US Dollars to allow respondents to understand their compensation relative to other countries.

Average Salary for MSLs and MSL Mangers in the United States