US MTCS | Mercer Total Compensation Survey for the Energy Sector

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The energy market is beginning to stabilize as we adjust to the “new normal.” Mercer is here to help you prepare for decisions that are both cost effective and strategically focused in this changing environment. The US MTCS | Mercer Total Compensation Survey for the Energy Sector is the premier source of current compensation and benefits data for 628 diverse energy positions across the country, helping you assess your competitive market position. For over 15 years this survey has provided the most comprehensive and trusted data in the energy industry — base pay, salary range midpoints, short- and long-term incentives, and other organizational data that's vital for ensuring you have the right package for your employees.

Starting in 2017, all MTCS results will be delivered via the Mercer WIN® online platform, providing you single-point access to your results data and analytics. To learn more about Mercer WIN® watch this quick video.

What’s New in 2017

  • Integration of the North Dakota Energy Industry Compensation Survey, providing key compensation and policy data for upstream and oilfield service businesses physically located in Bakken formation operations sites.
  • Consistent year-over-year data with 200 participating companies on average over the past three years
  • US MTCS - Benefits now open for participation. Click here to participate today.

*Note: Table below is based off of 2016 MTCS survey stats.

Survey # of Positions # of Organizations
US MTCS – General Benchmark 243 285
US MTCS – Benefits N/A 82
US MTCS – Cross Segment 163 285
US MTCS – Downstream and Oilfield Services 59 153
US MTCS – Field and Hourly 42 185
US MTCS – Policy N/A 67
US MTCS – Upstream and Midstream 62 138
US MTCS – Utilities 59 41

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  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing
  • Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Sample Report


Participation is open for the 2017 US MTCS | Mercer Total Compensation Survey for the Energy Sector from February 24 – May 8. The report will be available in August.

The survey features consistent reporting framework, job coding, and career mapping across job types and functions such as:

  • Exploration
  • Production
  • Drilling services and equipment
  • Pipeline
  • Midstream
  • Utilities

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN® giving you access to the data through a variety of parameters — including geography, industry, company size and more — to more efficiently organize and analyze the information. Mercer WIN enables you to customize your analysis by job as well as 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, and run presentation-quality detail or summary reports. A published PDF of the survey results can also be found here.

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.

Product Details

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • Long-Term Incentive Data
  • Organization Data
  • Salary Range Midpoints
  • Short-Term Incentive Data

Data Analyzed

Geographic Location

  • Denver & Rocky Mountains
  • Louisiana and Southeastern
  • Northeastern
  • Offshore
  • Oklahoma & Plains States
  • Texas
  • West Coast/Alaska

Industry Segments

  • Drilling
  • Exploration and Production
  • Other
  • Pipeline/Transmission
  • Refining
  • Services and Equipment
  • Utility


Data Submission Tools

Compensation Questionnaire
Policy Questionnaire

To become a survey participant, download the compensation questionnaire above, review and complete the questionnaire, and then submit. It's that simple! We understand the level of sensitivity in the data provided and will hold your data in the strictest confidence.

 2017 Participation is now open!

Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. To participate in the 2017 survey, please submit your completed questionnaire by May 8. 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.

2017 Survey Schedule

Participation opens: February 24
Participation closes: May 8
Results available: August

2017 Participation Webcast Materials

US MTCS Presentation
US MTCS Participation Webcast

2017 Pricing

US MTCS - General Benchmark USD 1,300
US MTCS - Cross Segment USD 1,300
US MTCS - Downstream & Oilfield Services USD 1,075
US MTCS - Field and Hourly USD 1,075
US MTCS - Policy USD 1,075
US MTCS - Upstream & Midstream USD 1,075
US MTCS - Utilities USD 1,075
US MTCS - Benefits Call to learn more

US MTCS - General Benchmark USD 3,900
US MTCS - Cross Segment USD 3,900
US MTCS - Downstream & Oilfield Services USD 3,225
US MTCS - Field and Hourly USD 3,225
US MTCS - Policy USD 3,225
US MTCS - Upstream & Midstream USD 3,225
US MTCS - Utilities USD 3,225
US MTCS - Benefits Call to learn more


2016 Results Participant Non-Participant
General Benchmark USD 1,300 USD 3,900
Cross Segment USD 1,300 USD 3,900
Downstream and Oilfield Services USD 1,075 USD 3,225
Field and Hourly USD 1,075 USD 3,225
Policy USD 1,075 USD 3,225
Upstream and Midstream USD 1,075 USD 3,225
Utilities USD 1,075 USD 3,225
Benefits Call to learn more Call to learn more

Additional buying options are available. Call us to learn how you can lock in rates for two or more years and qualify for additional discounts.


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  • Additional users may be added during checkout for $200 each per module/survey.
  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2017 results will be available for purchase in August.

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Survey Schedule

MTCS – Compensation

  • Questionnaire distributed: February 24
  • Participation deadline: May 8
  • Data effective date: April 1
  • Results available: August

MTCS – Benefits

  • Questionnaire distributed: February 1
  • Participation deadline: March 31
  • Data effective date: February 1
  • Results available: August

Participating Companies

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Sample Report

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

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  • AdministrativeFees20
  • Compensation GridShow
  • Short DescriptionEnergy compensation & benefits data across 8 modules.