US MBD: Executive Survey

Optimize your executive compensation strategy

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Effective leadership is a critical driver of success for any organization. But, with increased mobility at the executive level, competition for talent has intensified. Attracting and retaining these top-level positions is more complex than ever.

Harness the power of the data within the US MBD: Executive Survey to secure the leaders your company needs for continued success. Spanning numerous industries, easily benchmark your compensation strategy against 1,800+ organizations. Narrow the data by assets, gross premiums, net revenue, budget, and total employment. Further analyze the data by:

  • Base pay
  • Geographic responsibility
  • Long-term incentive eligibility and grants
  • Organization data
  • Short-term incentive eligibility and amounts
  • Years in organization
  • Years in position

Align your executive compensation strategy with your organization’s strategic needs.

Survey Details At a Glance
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • 2019 Participation


This survey analyzes 34,256 employee observations. Using this data, evaluate your executive salaries across various subfamilies, such as:

  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Sales and many more

This survey is powered by the new Mercer Job Library. This comprehensive new job catalog provides you with improved job descriptions for more accurate position matches, clearer relationships between jobs, more specializations, and much more. Learn more or view Mercer Job Library FAQs for more details.

With this survey moving to Mercer Job Library, the US MBD: Executive Survey will have 1,432 positions in the executive career stream, providing comprehensive data such as base pay, short-term incentives, long-term incentives, and others areas of the executive remuneration package.

Delivered in Fully Customizable Formats

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters — including geography, industry, company size, and more. Efficiently organize and analyze the information with Mercer WIN, which enables you to:

  • Compare job descriptions side by side.
  • Change pay elements to support the right level of analysis.
  • Perform function and career-level analysis.
  • Export your data for integration into other systems (data also available as an Excel file).
  • Run presentation-quality detailed or summary reports.

Salary 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 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.

Product Details

Survey Statistics

  • # Positions: 1,432
  • # Organizations: 1,858
  • # Observations: 34,256

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Executive Survey

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • Geographic Responsibility
  • Long-term Incentive Eligibility and Grants
  • Organization Data
  • Short-term Incentive Eligibility and Amounts
  • Years in Organization
  • Years in Position

Data Analyzed


  • Banking/Finanical Services
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Goods
  • Energy
  • High Tech
  • Insurance/Reinsurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • Mining & Metals
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other Non-Manufacturing
  • Retail & Wholesale
  • Services (Non-Finanical)
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Mfg. - Durable, Misc.
  • Mfg. - Nondurable Goods
  • Professional Services
  • Retail/Wholesale
  • Technical Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities

Geographic Area

  • National


  • Assets
  • Gross Premiums
  • Net Revenue
  • Operating Expenses/Budget
  • Revenue/Sales
  • Total Employment

Sub-Families Analyzed

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Quality
  • Real Estate
  • Research and Development
  • Sales
  • Supply and Logistics
  • Top Management


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2018 US MBD: Executive Survey USD 1,875 USD 4,300

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  • 2018 survey results now available.


Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: January 28
  • Participation Deadline: March 29
  • Date Effective: March 1
  • Report Available: Early August

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2018 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database here.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this survey.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey for a glimpse at what’s included.

2019 Participation

2019 Survey Participation opens January 28. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

  • A discount on survey results!
  • An exclusive invitation to survey events - attend results webcasts and meetings where Mercer consultants will review the results and identify market trends and factors. You'll also be able to ask questions directly related to your organization.
  • Ensure your data is included in the market results - easily determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.
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  • Sub TitleOptimize your executive compensation strategy
  • Short DescriptionLeverage compensation data for top management roles to ensure competitiveness.