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Salary Benchmarks for Upper Medical Affairs Functions and Medical Science Liaisons 2022

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  • 41 Pages
  • January 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Arx Research
  • ID: 4802014

This report provides U.S.-based upper Medical Affairs functions and Medical Science Liaisons salaries benchmarks. The research results from the input of respondents from 121 U.S.-based companies. The research was designed to investigate compensation standards across the medical affairs function, from Chief Medical Officers to Associate Directors to Medical Science Liaisons levels.

In total, the data are based on 1258 reported salaries across 19 therapeutic areas and six functional levels. Salary data is presented through percentiles, averages, medians and ranges. In addition, the research outlines the current educational background profile of Medical Science Liaisons.

Select key findings:

  • Some Medical Science Liaisons salaries are up to three times more than their counterparts within similar therapeutic area
  • Average Medical Science Liaison entry salary is up 2% from 3 years ago
  • Average MSL salaries are up 6% from 3 years ago
  • Cardiology, Rheumatology and Nephrology Medical Science Liaisons average the highest salaries
  • Upper functions such as managers / senior managers, associate directors, directors, and senior directors experienced up to 11% increased salary

Retention of talent is difficult in a highly competitive industry like life sciences. For the most part, compensation is often the basis for individuals to move from one company to another. Companies’ upper management and human resources departments usually base their compensation structure on internally developed guidelines, available annual budgets, government data or limited information on competing entities.

The study delivers upper Medical Affairs functions and MSL salaries benchmarks that will help medical affairs professionals establish, realign, compare and negotiate salaries for their role.


Table of Contents


Research Methodology

Definitions of Therapeutic Areas

Salary Benchmarks for Upper Management Levels

  • Salary Benchmarks - Vice Presidents
  • Salary Benchmarks - Senior Directors
  • Salary Benchmarks - Directors
  • Salary Benchmarks - Assistant Directors
  • Salary Benchmarks - Senior Managers/Managers
  • Salary Benchmarks - Variations by Management Levels

Salary Benchmarks for Medical Science Liaisons

  • Current Educational Profile of Surveyed MSLs
  • Average Base Salaries by Therapeutic Areas
  • Salaries - All Therapeutic Areas Combined
  • Low, Range, Top Salaries by Therapeutic Area
  • Base Salary - Cardiology
  • Base Salary - Dermatology
  • Base Salary - Endocrinology
  • Base Salary - Family Medicine
  • Base Salary - Gastroenterology
  • Base Salary - Hematology
  • Base Salary - Immunology
  • Base Salary - Infectious Diseases
  • Base Salary - Musculoskeletal
  • Base Salary - Nephrology
  • Base Salary - Neurology
  • Base Salary - Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Base Salary - Oncology
  • Base Salary - Ophthalmology
  • Base Salary - Pulmonary Diseases
  • Base Salary - Rheumatology
  • Base Salary - Trauma
  • Base Salary - Urology
  • Base Salary - Medical Devices
  • Base Salary - Other/Non-Specific





Analysts use primary and secondary research resources to develop our studies. The quantitative and qualitative data are collected through surveys and interviews conducted with professionals within the area of study. The data presented in our studies are an aggregate of survey and interview input. When possible, the data is presented by country. region or other factor to outline meaningful differences. We protect the identity and privacy of study participants and therefore blind their personal information and the organizations to which they belong - we only present the participation by company size and titles. This enables us to collect unbiased information, provided confidently by participants.