US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey

Data to attract your workforce of the future

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Whether it’s hiring new graduates or figuring out perks that Generation Z finds the most valuable, recruitment and retention can be challenging in today’s tight labor market. To gain the upper-hand, you need in-depth insights on how to competitively compensate the next wave of talent entering the workforce

Make strategic HR decisions, with regards to young talent, using the US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey. Get your starting pay right, with compensation data across nine degree types and 15 discipline types. Gain valuable insights into the top recruitment and compensation trends with data from 81 organizations from across the country. Evaluate your talent strategy by comparing:

  • New graduate salaries
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Hourly Intern rates
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns
Do you have the data necessary to better position your workforce for the future?

Participation open: June – July

Results publish: October

2020 Results Available

  • 81 organizations
  • USD 650 – 1,950
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Survey Statistics

  • # Organizations: 81

Based on data from the 2020 US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey

Data Collected

  • Annual starting salaries for new graduates
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Hourly rates for summer interns
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns

Data Analyzed

Types of Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)/Bachelor in Commerce (BCom)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng/BSc Eng)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc)
  • Community College Diploma/Associates Degree
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)


  • North Central
  • Northeast
  • South Central
  • Southeast
  • West Coast


  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business/Finance
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics

Position Families Analyzed

  • Co-op students
  • New graduates
  • Summer interns

Want to understand new graduate trends in Canada? Access the Canada New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey for key insights.

Survey results are delivered in a published PDF format to your account under My Downloads.

2021 survey participation

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Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs. To participate, simply complete the questionnaire provided above. Rest assured that the importance of your data security is not taken lightly at Mercer, so we take the utmost precautions to protect it.

What's new in 2021

  • Identify flexible work trends and the impacts on new graduates, interns, and on recruiting.
  • Compare perks offered by peer organizations and learn what’s most important to Gen Z.
  • Understand the impact of the pandemic on your workforce and determine what’s happening with vaccination requirements.

Why should you participate?

  • Align your pay to the market.
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results.

2021 survey schedule

  • Participation opens: June 15
  • Participation closes: July 16
  • Results available: October

2021 survey pricing

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2021 US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey USD 700 USD 2,100


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2020 US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey USD 650 USD 1,950

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  • Additional users may be added during checkout for USD 200 each per module/survey.
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  • 2020 results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: June 15
  • Participation Deadline: July 16
  • Report Available: October

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in this new grad salary survey here.

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  • Short DescriptionStarting salaries for new graduate hires, co-op students, and interns.

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