US Geographic Salary Differential Tool

Attract and retain top talent in all markets

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It’s no secret that salaries across the United States can fluctuate based on where the job is located. From cost of living to labor market specifics, it can be tricky to make sense of the ever-changing differences for why and how salaries differ across cities. With an increasing number of companies having operations in multiple locations and the growing number of remote employees, you need credible salary differential information to stay competitive.

The US Geographic Salary Differential Tool gives you easy-to-understand data to enhance your workforce compensation strategy. Accurately determine the cost of your staff with pay differentials for 253 cities. Compare your compensation data at the city or national level using information from over 1,900 positions.

Are you positioned to attract and retain top talent across all your markets?

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Using this tool, evaluate employee pay using both 2018 actual increases and 2019 projected increases while also translating the rates of pay in one location to comparable rates in another. Data is presented in different pay bands — $20,000 to $120,000 — across four job levels to ensure your compensation planning is as detailed as possible.

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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  • Number of Positions: 1,900+
  • Number of Locations: 253
  • Number of Observations: 2 million+


Product Price
2018 United States Geographic Salary Differential Tool USD 950
2018 United States Geographic Salary Differential Tool 1-5 Cities USD 300
2018 United States Geographic Salary Differential Tool Additional Cities USD 150
2018 United States Geographic Salary Differential Tool Additional User USD 200

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US Geographic Salary Differential Tool

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  • The individual city reports will be created upon request; results will be delivered within 5–8 days.
  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.


  • Data Effective Date: January 1
  • Report Available: February


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  • Ordering TypeMultiLevelMultiSelection
  • RegionUS
  • Sub TitleAttract and retain top talent in all markets
  • Short DescriptionAn online tool providing analysis of pay differentials for 290 US locations.