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 Surveyed
# of Organizations
Corporate Services & HR 1,398 2,720
Engineering and Design 671 1,514
Executive 1,863 1,836
Finance, Accounting, and Legal 1,480 2,547
Mercer/Gartner IT 1,681
2,190
Logistics and Supply Chain 666
1,950
Manufacturing and Operations 708
1,672
Sales, Marketing, and Communications 1,185 2,234
Metropolitan Benchmark 3,843 2,932
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • 2019 Participation
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report

Overview

New in 2019

  • New position class data. We’ve combined our MBD and US Total Remuneration Survey in to a single survey with more robust results. Position class data is now included in MBD.
  • Expanded position coverage. As the Mercer Job Library continues to evolve, job lists have expanded to include new cross-industry and industry-specific specializations. Plus, general customer service and contact center roles have been added to the survey.
  • Benefits data now included. A new tab has been added to the questionnaire so that you can provide benefits data. While participation in this section is optional, you will receive a complimentary National Spotlight on Benefits Report if you provide data.

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 Surveyed: 7,709
  • # Positions Published: 3,940
  • # Organizations: 3,082
  • # Observations: 2,612,590

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

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

Industry

  • 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

  • National
  • Metropolitan
  • Regional

Organizational Size

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

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Executive
  • Management
  • Professional
  • Para-Professional

Position Families Analyzed

  • Administration, Facilities & Secretarial
  • Communications & Corporate Affairs
  • Construction
  • Creative & Design
  • Data Analytics/Warehousing & Business Intelligence
  • Engineering & Science
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Healthcare/Pharmacy Services
  • Hospitality (Food Service & Lodging)
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • IT, Telecom & Intranet
  • Legal, Compliance & Audit
  • Production & Skilled Trades
  • Project/Program Management
  • Quality Management
  • Real Estate Management, Property Development & Investment
  • Sales, Marketing & Product Management
  • Supply Chain

2019 Participation

Data Submission Tools

Compensation Questionnaire
Questionnaire and DVF FAQ
Job Matching Tool

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.

What's New in 2019

  • New position class data. We’ve combined our MBD and US Total Remuneration Survey in to a single survey with more robust results. Position class data is now included in MBD.
  • Expanded position coverage. As the Mercer Job Library continues to evolve, job lists have expanded to include new cross-industry and industry-specific specializations. Plus, general customer service and contact center roles have been added to the survey.
  • Benefits data now included. A new tab has been added to the questionnaire so that you can provide benefits data. While participation in this section is optional, you will receive a complimentary National Spotlight on Benefits Report if you provide data.

2019 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 2019 survey, please submit your completed questionnaire before the deadline. 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.

2019 Survey Schedule

  • Participation opens: January 28
  • Participation closes: March 29
  • Results available: Early August
  • Participation Webcasts
    To better understand the submission process, as well as the survey data collected, attend a participation webcast.
    US MBD/TRS Submission Webcast Recording
    US MBD/TRS Participation Presentation PDF

    2019 Pricing

    Participant
    2019 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Excluding Manufacturing) – 9,050 USD
    2019 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Including Manufacturing) – 9,950 USD

    Non-Participant
    2019 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Excluding Manufacturing) – 18,700 USD
    2019 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Including Manufacturing) – 20,000 USD

    Pricing

    Product Participant Non-Participant
    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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    • 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 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.

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    • Short DescriptionSalary data for positions common across all industries; 13 modules available.
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