US Compensation Policies & Practices

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Go beyond the paycheck and explore other areas of your employee compensation strategy with the US Compensation Policies and Practices survey. Collected from 14 prominent industries, this survey provides critical data for dealing with key issues such as flexible work arrangements, vacation time, maternity/paternity leave, overtime pay, and more.

This survey analyzes employee groups, industries, and revenue size so that you can maximize your compensation strategy and strengthen your organization.

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Survey results are available as a national report or you may select a detailed report. A detailed report for the 2016/2017 version also includes a data scoped by industry and revenue. Survey results are delivered in a published PDF format to your account under My Downloads.

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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.

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Data Collected

  • Car Policies
  • Compensation Management
  • Flexible work programs
  • Hiring / Retention / Separation
  • Hours of Work
  • Managing Multi-Generational Workforces
  • Maternity and parental leave
  • On-call pay
  • Overtime
  • Paid time-off (PTO)
  • Performance Management
  • Perquisites
  • Shift Premiums

Data Analyzed


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

Analyzed by:

  • Employee Groups
  • Revenue Size


2016/2017 PDF* Participants Non-participants
National report (includes national data only) USD 400 USD 1,200
Detailed report (includes national data plus industry and revenue scopes) USD 600 USD 1,800
Custom cuts, peer groups, etc. On request On request

*This is a biennial survey. The next participation year and survey release is planned for 2018.

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US Compensation Policies & Practices




  • Questionnaire Distributed: July 14
  • Participation Deadline: October 31
  • Report Available: 1Q 2017

*This is a biennial survey. The next participation year and survey release is planned for 2018.

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  • Short DescriptionGo beyond the paycheck and explore other areas of compensation.