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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. We conducted the FIRST-EVER global MSL salary survey in 2014, and our 2022 Survey had 2,099 MSL professionals from 60 countries participate. It includes 1,849 slides making it the largest database of MSL salaries and also the most reliable database of MSL salaries in the world!

From those that participated in the 2021 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 most common titles used for the medical science liaison role.

We need your help by answering this year’s survey! We need as many participants as possible globally, to ensure our data is reliable and accurately represents MSL salaries in the world. Through your responses, we can build transparency and a better understanding of MSL and MSL leader salaries on a global scale. To start, click on the button below.

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

Your participation will help improve work culture, promote diversity, and increase retention and performance across gender and therapeutic areas, among other variables. Thank you very much for helping maintain the Annual MSL Salary and Compensation Survey Accurate!

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.

Our goal each year is to expand the usefulness and impact of the annual report. In 2021 we greatly expanded the number of questions in the survey in an attempt to achieve this goal. 

What is included in the MSL Salary & Compensation Survey?

The 2021 survey is our 8th 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 2021 Salary Survey is available in 17 versions including the global results and 16 individual countries’ reports.


Average Salary for MSLs and MSL Mangers in the United States