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?

Participation open: March – April

Results publish: September

2019 results available

  • 146 positions published
  • USD 1,650 – 4,950
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Sample report

Position list

  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • 2020 Survey participation
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report


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

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.

Product Details

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

2020 Survey participation

Data Submission Tools

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To participate in a survey, simply download, complete, and submit the compensation questionnaire provided above. You can rest assured that the importance of your data security is not taken lightly at Mercer, so we take the utmost precautions to protect it.

2020 survey participation is now open!

Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. Please submit your completed questionnaire before the deadline to participate in the 2020 survey.

Although organizations are not required to participate in the survey in order to purchase results, participants enjoy these key benefits:

  • Discounted survey results
  • Exclusive invitations to attend webcasts and meetings in which Mercer consultants review survey results and field questions related directly to your organization
  • Inclusion in survey results allows you to easily determine your market position using customized reports that compare your data to that of your peers

2020 Survey schedule

  • Participation opens: March 9
  • Participation closes: May 15
  • Results available: September

Participation Webcasts

Attend a participation webcast to better understand the submission process and the survey data that is collected.

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2020 Pricing

2020 US Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey - Apparel Manufacturing — USD 1,700

2020 US Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey - Apparel Manufacturing — USD 5,100


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  • 2019 results now available.

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.

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