US Geographic Salary Differential Survey | Mercer

US Geographic Salary Differential Tool

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With an increasing number of companies having operations in multiple cities across the US, you need credible salary differential information to stay competitive. The US Geographic Salary Differential Tool allows you to analyze pay differentials for about 290 cities and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across the US to determine the cost of your staff, all while handling employee relocation to other cities around the country.

This compensation data provides you with pay increases based on actual and projected salary information and also uses the results to translate rates of pay in one location to comparable rates in another, so you can compare compensation data at the city or national level. You can create reports and/or graphs of data for the cities you select and price or export your results. Design your effective compensation strategy to attract and retain the best talent no matter what market you're in.

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What's new in 2017

  • 2.2+ million incumbents.
  • 1,963 jobs — 149 jobs added in 2017.
  • Increased data pool used for geographic analysis.
  • Updated methodology to a single regression line.
  • More streamlined appearance and intuitive user interface with updated hyperlinks and Excel functionality.
  • Comparative analysis updated to limit the number of pay rates with default increments added.
  • A fixed data point with the national median figures.

Survey results are delivered in a published PDF format and an Excel GEO tool to your account under My Downloads.

Survey Methodology

Mercer surveys are designed using the most accurate and up-to-date market data practices. Data is collected from HR professionals at participating organizations (never employee self-reported) and then analyzed for validity, thoroughness, and market representation based on the organization's size, structure, geographic region, or a combination of these factors. A minimum number of incumbents, organizations, and distinct organizations are required in order to report each data element. If minimums are not met, the market data is suppressed, ensuring you the highest level of data confidentiality.


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Product Details


  • Number of Positions: 1,963
  • Number of Locations: 287
  • Number of Observations: 2.2+ million


Product Price
US Geographic Salary Differential Tool — 2017 GEO 1st time purchaser USD 950
US Geographic Salary Differential Tool — Renewal (purchased last year) USD 750
US Geographic Salary Differential Tool — 1-5 cities (PDF)* USD 275
US Geographic Salary Differential Tool — Additional cities (PDF)* USD 200

* The individual city reports will be created upon request; results will be delivered within 5–8 days

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  • Data Effective Date: January 1*
  • Report Available: March

*2016 data has been aged to Jan 1, 2017.

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  • Short DescriptionAn online tool providing analysis of pay differentials for 290 US locations.
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