US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database

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Reevaluating rewards strategies is a priority for many companies as they look to secure critical talent, identify equity issues, and make smart investments with salary budgets. Having reliable, relevant market data to inform your pay strategy is essential for making the right employee compensation decisions and securing the right talent.

Representing a broad range of industries, the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database delivers current insights on pay for your employees across skill levels and career streams — from roles that entail traditional compensation benchmarks to emerging positions — with data organized into nine functional modules. Regional benchmark reports are also available with professional and para-professional roles for five metropolitan areas.

Current, reliable data
In light of the economic and workforce changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercer conducted a “data refresh” in July to address any market movement that occurred after the initial survey participation period. You will receive the results of the refresh free with your purchase.

This added step to ensure you have access to the most current, reliable data means you can move forward confidently with your pay decisions knowing that your data accurately reflect the market.

Harness valuable, reliable compensation data for thousands of jobs found in Mercer’s most popular salary survey.

Participation open: March - May

Results publish: August

2020 Results Available

  • 4,830 positions published
  • USD 9,350 – 20,500
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Position list

Survey Modules # of Positions Published # of Organizations
Corporate Services & HR 863 2,874
Engineering and Design 481 1,643
Executive 813 2,095
Finance, Accounting, and Legal 895 2,614
Mercer/Gartner IT 1,040 2,350
Logistics and Supply Chain 415 2,095
Manufacturing and Operations 480 1,728
Sales, Marketing, and Communications 802 2,421
Metropolitan Benchmark 2,680 3,086
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Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 8,635
  • # Positions Published: 4,830
  • # Organizations: 3,227
  • # Observations: 3,375,026

Based on data from the 2020 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


  • Banking/Financial Services
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Goods
  • Energy
  • High Tech
  • Insurance/Reinsurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • Mining & Metals
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other Non-Manufacturing
  • Retail & Wholesale
  • Services (Non-Financial)
  • 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

This survey is powered by Mercer Job Library. 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.

2021 Survey Participation

Data Submission Tools

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Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs. To participate, click the ‘participate now’ link above and follow the steps provided. 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

Data for this survey will be collected through Mercer Data Connector, an innovative online platform created to simplify the participation process with easy data importing, real-time data validation, and more.

Why should you participate?

  • Align your pay to the market.
  • Maximize your budget by making informed decisions to ensure you are not overpaying or underpaying.
  • Identify “hot jobs” and areas of focus for your company.
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive participant-only events.

2021 survey schedule

  • Participation opens: March 1
  • Participation closes: May 14
  • Results available: August

Note: we will not extend participation past the close date. Please contact us to learn more about our participation services to ensure you meet the deadline.

Participation Webinar

Attend a participation webinar or watch a recording to better understand the submission process and the survey data that is collected.

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2021 survey pricing

Product Participant Non-Participant
US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Including Manufacturing) USD $10,900 USD $21,800
US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Excluding Manufacturing) USD $9,900 USD $19,800
US MBD: Corporate Services & Human Resources USD $1,500 USD $3,795
US MBD: Engineering & Design USD $2,300 USD $6,025
US MBD: Executive USD $5,000 USD $11,050
US MBD: Finance, Accounting & Legal USD $1,500 USD $3,795
US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology USD $2,300 USD $6,025
US MBD: Logistics & Supply Chain USD $1,500 USD $3,795
US MBD: Sales, Marketing & Communications USD $2,300 USD $6,025
US MBD: Manufacturing & Operations USD $1,500 USD $3,795
US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark* USD $1,100 USD $2,200
*Based per region. Regions include: North Central, South Central, Northeast, Southeast, West Coast


Product Participant Non-Participant
2020 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Excluding Manufacturing) USD 9,350 USD 18,700
2020 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Including Manufacturing) USD 10,250 USD 20,500

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Additional MBD users: USD 1,000
Additional MBD with Manufacturing users: USD 1,200

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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.
  • 2020 results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation open: March 1
  • Participation deadline: May 14
  • Date Effective: March 1
  • Results publish: August

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2020 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database here.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this HR compensation database to optimize your ongoing talent strategy and benchmarking efforts.

Sample Report

View a sample report to see what's included with this compensation survey data.

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