US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report

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Long-term incentive plans encourage your top employees to remain loyal to your company for the foreseeable future. This practice is vital to keeping your employees engaged and fulfilled by their work and career, so that your company achieves its strategic objectives and maximizes its shareholder’s value over the long course.

Use the US MBD: Long-term Incentive and Equity Report to benchmark your LTI rewards strategy against 3,000 organizations, refining it by company size, ownership type, and organization type. Featuring data from 52 industries, evaluate your LTI approach relative to your direct industry competitors as well as the market at large. Compare your LTI plan by:

  • Base pay
  • Long-term incentives
  • LTI eligibility by plan type
  • Total cash compensation
  • Total direct compensation and more

Are your employees’ interests aligned with long-term company growth?

Survey Details At a Glance
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • 2019 Participation


With data derived from the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database, this report uses four different evaluation methodologies giving you the comprehensive analysis to determine the best incentive solution to properly reward your employees. Evaluation methodologies included in this report are:

  • Black-Scholes
  • Binomial
  • Net Present Value
  • Accounting Cost

You can also leverage data from the US MBD: Short-Term Incentive Report to benchmark your STI components such as total cash compensation and target percentage against the market.

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.

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

  • # Organizations: 3,000
  • # Observations: 2,600,000+

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • Long-term Incentives
  • LTI as a Percent of Base Pay
  • LTI Eligibility by Plan Type
  • Organization Data
  • Target Total Cash Compensation
  • Target Total Direct Compensation
  • Total Cash Compensation
  • Total Direct Compensation

Data Analyzed


  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Apparel
  • Banking
  • Beverage and Tobacco
  • Business/Professional Services
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Chemical
  • Computer and Electronic Products
  • Construction
  • Consumer Goods - Other or Combination
  • Diversified
  • Durable Goods, Miscellaneous
  • Education
  • Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Healthcare - Non-Insurance
  • Hospitality/Restaurant
  • Information and Data Processing Services
  • Insurance - Health and Medical
  • Insurance - Life
  • Insurance - Other or Combination
  • Insurance - Property and Casualty
  • Machinery
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Mining/Milling/Smelting (except Oil and Gas)
  • Nondurable (excluding Consumer Goods) - Other or Combination
  • Oil and Gas Downstream
  • Oil and Gas Upstream
  • Paper and Allied Products
  • Personal Care
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Public Administration - Local/Municipal Government
  • Public Administration - National Government
  • Public Administration - Provincial/State Government
  • Publishing
  • Real Estate
  • Research and Development
  • Retail
  • Securities
  • Service - Other or Combination
  • Technical Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Transportation Equipment - Aerospace
  • Transportation Equipment - Automobile
  • Transportation Equipment - Auto Parts
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Utilities - Energy
  • Utilities - Other
  • Veterinary Products
  • Wholesale Distribution

Geographic Area

  • National

Organization Type

  • Corporate
  • Subsidiary
  • Group
  • Division

Ownership Type

  • Joint Venture
  • Privately Held
  • Publicly Traded
  • State - Owned Enterprise
  • Not-for-Profit


  • Assets
  • Assets Under Management
  • Gross Premiums
  • Market Capitalization
  • Net Revenue
  • Operating Expenses/Budget
  • Revenue/Sales
  • Total Employment (FTEs)


Product Participant Non-Participant
2018 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report – LTI only USD 2,600 USD 7,800
2018 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report – LTI and STI USD 4,200 USD 12,600

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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: September

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2018 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive & Equity Report here.

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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  • Short DescriptionExplore key long-term incentive details like LTI eligibility by type, % of base.