US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database

Data to reward your greatest asset — your people

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Employees today aren’t interested in just jobs — they want meaningful careers. As an HR leader, you have the ability to shape your employees’ careers with an effective rewards strategy. How you design and deliver this talent strategy is the difference between your company’s success and your competitor’s.

Evaluate and create competitive compensation plans with the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database. Learn exactly what to pay your employees across all skill levels and career streams for traditional benchmark positions as well as for newer, more hybrid roles. Utilize the data to analyze numerous position families collected within this survey, such as:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Sales and many more

These compensation metrics are available within nine survey modules to ensure you have the vital market data for the position(s) that you need.

Rethink your employee rewards strategy to unlock your workforce potential.
Survey Details at a Glance
Survey Modules # of Positions # of Organizations
Engineering and Design 561 1,506
Executive 1,432 1,858
Finance, Accounting, and Legal 1,279 2,541
Corporate Services & HR 1,221 2,710
Mercer/Gartner IT 1,451 2,180
Logistics and Supply Chain 585 1,956
Manufacturing 610 1,666
Sales, Marketing, and Communications 1,010 2,228
Metropolitan Benchmark 3,414 2,760
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  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • 2019 Participation


Conducted for over 20 years, this survey covers 6,600+ positions from thousands of organizations, with compensation data derived from over 2.7 million employees. Want access to the latest insight from US MBD surveys? Subscribe to our US MBD newsletter today.

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 the move to Mercer Job Library, the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database provides base pay, incentive, and total direct compensation data for over 740 specializations covering 6,600+ positions across the country.

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.

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Survey Statistics

  • # Positions: 6,633
  • # Organizations: 3,071
  • # Observations: 2,736,480

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • FLSA Status
  • 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

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan
  • National
  • Regional


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

Position Families Analyzed

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


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2018 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Excluding Manufacturing) USD 8,950 USD 18,700
2018 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Including Manufacturing) USD 9,850 USD 20,000

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  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2018 survey results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: January 28
  • Participation Deadline: April 10
  • 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 HR compensation survey to optimize your ongoing compensation and benchmarking efforts.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey to see what's included, and learn how easy it is to streamline your salary benchmarking efforts.

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 TitleData to reward your greatest asset — your people
  • Short DescriptionSalary data for positions common across all industries; 13 modules available.