Landmark Global Salary Report Released by Thought Leader Select Partner, Medical Science Liaison Society

Survey Includes Over 1,350 MSLs, MSL Managers, Medical Affairs Executives from 65 Countries

The Medical Science Liaison Society (MSL Society), the world’s first and only non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the medical science liaison (MSL) role in the pharmaceutical and other healthcare industries, announces the release of its first annual global salary and compensation report for the MSL profession.

The MSL Salary and Compensation Report was supported by society partner, Thought Leader Select, a US-based firm that works with commercial and medical affairs teams in life sciences companies to optimize their relationships and collaborations with key opinion leaders (KOLs) in medicine. The MSL Society surveyed more than 1,350 MSLs, MSL managers and Medical Affairs executives from 65 countries.

Among other findings, the average starting salary of an MSL in the U.S. is $121,712, while the average salary of an MSL with over fifteen years of experience in the U.S. is $168,429.

The full findings are complied using an infographic-style report of more than 250 pages of data representing six distinct regions: the United States, North America, South America, Europe, Africa/Middle East, and Asia/Pacific. The report includes detailed breakdowns across salary ranges, salary by degree type (MD, PhD, PharmD), salary by role (MSL, Senior MSL), salary by years of experience, and salary by company type (large pharma, small pharma, startup biotech).

“We are very excited to share this important resource with the global MSL community” stated Dr. Samuel Dyer, Chairman of the Board for the MSL Society. “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.” The full 250 + page report is available free to all members of the MSL Society.

About the MSL Society
The Medical Science Liaison Society ( is the only 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the global MSL profession. The society is exclusively dedicated to advancing the global MSL profession and helping MSLs become more effective in their careers through education and networking activities. The organization provides resources for professional growth and development opportunities by creating unique reports, hosting the only career center for MSLs and providing digital and live training programs.

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