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US Short-Term Incentive Plan Design Survey

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The US Short-Term Incentive Plan Design Survey is specifically designed for organizations that have short-term incentive programs. This online survey contains data that spans 14 distinct industries from across the country, and gives you the ability to analyze key incentive plan information in order to properly review or design your company's short-term incentive solutions.

Whether it's discretionary bonuses, formula-based plans, or profit sharing, your company's incentive plans must reward your employees for meeting their pre-established objectives, or else your top talent could wind up at your competitors!

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With this survey, see how organizations across all industries are dealing with incentive issues such as:

  • Funding
  • Eligibility
  • Performance measures
  • Payout criteria
  • Payout formula
  • Payout timing and frequency
  • Minimums, targets, and maximums
  • Plan communication
  • Plan effectiveness

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of parameters – including geography, industry, company size, and more – to more efficiently organize and analyze the information. Mercer WIN enables you to customize your analysis by job as well as 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, and run presentation-quality detailed or summary reports. A published PDF of the survey results can also be found here.

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 (never employee self-reported) 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


  • Number of Organizations: 147

Data Collected

  • Funding
  • Payout criteria
  • Payout formula
  • Payout timing and frequency
  • Performance measures
  • Plan communication
  • Plan effectiveness
  • Plan eligibility
  • Plan type
  • Minimums, targets, and maximums

Data Analyzed


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

Analyzed by

  • Employee Groups
  • Industry

Note: Custom analyses by Geographic Area, Employee Size (FTEs), or Revenue Size will be priced upon request.

How to participate

Data Submission Tools

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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.

2017 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 2017 survey, please submit your completed questionnaire by October 18. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

  • A discount on survey results!
  • Ensuring your data is included in the market results helps you easily determine your market position with customized reports that compares your company's data to your peers.

2017 Survey Schedule

  • Participation opens: September 19
  • Participation closes: October 27
  • Results available: December

2017 Pricing


  • US Short-Term Incentive Plan Design Survey –
    USD 1,000


  • US Short-Term Incentive Plan Design Survey –
    USD 3,000


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Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: September 19
  • Participation Deadline: October 27
  • Report Available: December
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    • Short DescriptionAnalyze key incentive plan information by region, revenue, employee size, and more.
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