US Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey – Apparel Manufacturing

Compensation data to entice top talent

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Advancements in technology, such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence, coupled with the challenges presented by the explosion of ecommerce is quickly changing the game in apparel manufacturing. To separate your organization from the pack, you need a compensation strategy that properly incents the right talent to deliver their best work for your organization.

Understand how to entice current and future employees with the Apparel Manufacturing module of the US Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey. Learn exactly how to reward your employees with compensation and benefits data collected on 146 positions from 46 organizations across the country. Benchmark your compensation strategy by geographic area and organization size. Analyze the data by numerous position families, such as:

  • Central Administration
  • Merchandising (Wholesale)
  • Sourcing Design
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Technical Design
Do you have the compensation data needed to entice the top talent?
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  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • 2019 Participation


With compensation and benefits data for 9,793 employee observations, analyze your talent strategy across several critical components like:

  • Base pay
  • Benefits prevalence
  • Benefits valuation
  • HR and industry practices
  • Incentive eligibility
  • Short-term incentive amounts
  • Total cash compensation
  • Total direct compensation
  • Organization demographics

New in 2019
This survey will move to the new Mercer Job Library in 2019. This comprehensive job catalog provides you with improved job descriptions for more accurate position matches, clearer relationships between jobs, more specializations, and much more. Read the client announcement for details on why we’re making this change and what it means to you or visit Mercer Job Library FAQs for more details.

Delivered in fully customizable formats

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters — including geography, industry, company size, and more. Efficiently organize and analyze the information with Mercer WIN, which enables you to:

  • 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 (data also available as an excel file).
  • Run presentation-quality detailed or summary reports.

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

  • # Positions Surveyed: 209
  • # Positions Published: 146
  • # Organizations: 46
  • # Observations: 9,793

Based on data from the 2019 US Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey – Apparel Manufacturing. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • Benefits Prevalence
  • Benefits Valuation
  • HR and Industry Practices
  • Incentive Eligibility
  • Organization Demographics
  • Short-term Incentive Amounts
  • Total Cash Compensation
  • Total Direct Compensation

Data Analyzed

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • National
  • Regional


  • Organization Revenues
  • Total Employment (FTEs)

Position Families Analyzed

  • Central Administration 
  • Merchandising (Wholesale) 
  • Sourcing Design 
  • Sales & Marketing 
  • Technical Design


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Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: March 15
  • Submission Webcast: April 4
  • Participation Deadline: April 26
  • Report Available: September

Participating Companies

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  •, Inc.
  • ASICS America Corporation
  • Belk, Inc.
  • Canada Goose, Inc. USA
  • Centric Brands, Inc.
  • Clarks Americas, Inc.
  • Crocs, Inc.
  • David's Bridal
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Fanatics Retail Group
  • Hudson's Bay Company - Lord & Taylor
  • Hudson's Bay Company - Saks, Inc.
  • J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
  • J. Jill
  • J.Crew Group, Inc.
  • Loblaw Companies Limited - Joe Fresh Style, Inc.
  • LT Apparel Group
  • Macy's, Inc.
  • Oxford Industries, Inc.
  • Oxford Industries, Inc. - Lilly Pulitzer
  • Oxford Industries, Inc. - Tommy Bahama Group
  • Patagonia
  • PVH Corp.
  • PVH Corp. - Calvin Klein
  • PVH Corp. - Dress Furnishings
  • PVH Corp. - Sportswear
  • PVH Corp. - Swimwear
  • PVH Corp. - The Underwear Group
  • PVH Corp. - Tommy Hilfiger
  • PVH Corp. - Van Heusen Retail
  • Saxx Underwear Co. USA
  • Shoe Carnival, Inc.
  • Spencer Gifts, LLC
  • Stage Stores, Inc.
  • Target Corporation
  • Tea Living, Inc.
  • TechStyle, Inc.
  • The Children's Place, Inc.
  • The Walt Disney Company - Disneyland Resort
  • The Walt Disney Company - Walt Disney World
  • Torrid, LLC
  • travisMathew
  • Vera Bradley, Inc.
  • Walmart, Inc.
  • Zumiez, Inc.
  • Position List & Sample Report

    Position List

    View the position list and descriptions included in this survey.

    Sample Report

    View a sample report of this survey for a glimpse at what’s included.

    2019 Participation

    2019 Survey Participation is now closed. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

    • A discount on survey results!
    • An exclusive invitation to survey events - attend results webcasts and meetings where Mercer consultants will review the results and identify market trends and factors. You'll also be able to ask questions directly related to your organization.
    • Ensure your data is included in the market results - easily determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.
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    • Sub TitleCompensation data to entice top talent
    • Short DescriptionSalary data for key positions found in the apparel manufacturing industry.