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 a published PDF format to your account under My Downloads.

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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Survey Statistics

  • Number of Organizations: 106
  • 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.


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    Survey Schedule

    *This is a biennial survey. The next participation year and survey release is planned for 2019.
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    • Short DescriptionDesign your company's short-term incentive solutions using industry-backed data.