US Compensation Policies & Practices

Go beyond the paycheck to enhance your compensation strategy

Buy Now!
US Compensation Policies & Practices image

Balancing the multi-faceted demands of employees can make attracting, keeping, and motivating talent complex. It’s important to look at your organization from a high level to determine overall shifts taking place in the workplace and to see how you compare to your immediate competitors beyond base pay.

Strengthen your organization’s compensation strategy with key inputs from the US Compensation Policies & Practices survey. Use the data to analyze your strategy by employee groups and revenue size across 13 industries. Enhance your compensation policies and practices with critical data on key topics, such as:

  • Car policies
  • Compensation management
  • Overtime
  • Parental leave
  • Perquisites and much more
Are you ready to take your compensation strategy to the next level?

Survey Details At a Glance

  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • 2019 Participation
  • Related Articles


This is a biennial survey featuring 2018/2019 data. Survey results are available as a national report or you may select a detailed report, which includes data scoped by industry and revenue. 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.

Product Details

Survey Statistics

  • # Organizations: 353

Based on data from the 2018 US Compensation Policies & Practices survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data Collected

  • Car Policies
  • Compensation Management
  • Continuing Education
  • Flexible Work Programs
  • Harassment Policies
  • 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
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other Non-Manufacturing
  • Retail & Wholesale
  • Services (Non-Financial)
  • Transportation Equipment

Analyzed by:

  • Employee Groups
  • Revenue Size


Product Participant Non-Participant
2018/2019 US Compensation Policies & Practices Survey – National Report USD 800 USD 2,400
2018/2019 US Compensation Policies & Practices Survey – Detailed Report USD 1,200 USD 3,600

Buy Now

US Compensation Policies & Practices

Our shopping cart does not allow multi-currency checkout.

Please complete your other currency purchase before adding a product of a different currency to your shopping cart.


If you need assistance, please contact customer service.


Additional buying options are available. Call us to learn how you can lock in rates for two or more years and qualify for additional discounts.

Please note:

  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2018/2019 survey results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: TBD
  • Participation Deadline: TBD
  • Report Available: TBD

*This is a biennial survey. The next participation year and survey release is planned for 2020.

Participating Companies

  • 12 Oaks Senior Living
  • Accolade, inc.
  • Acelity
  • Advantek United States
  • Agero, Inc.
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • AkzoNobel
  • Alkermes
  • Alliant Energy Corporation
  • Alterra Mountain Company
  • Ameren Corporation
  • American Axle Manufacturing
  • American Heart Association
  • American Seafoods Group
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Transmission Company
  • American University
  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company
  • AMN Healthcare
  • Ansys
  • Apex Benefits
  • APi Group
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Arkema
  • Arrow Electronics, Inc.
  • Astellas Pharma
  • Aurora Health Care, Inc.
  • Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Availity
  • Axiom Global Inc.
  • Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
  • BAE Systems
  • Ball Corporation - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • Bank of Hawaii Corporation
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Bar-S Foods
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Baystate Health, Inc.
  • Beaumont Health System
  • Bel Brands USA
  • Belle Tire
  • Belmark
  • Beverages and More
  • BioKyowa
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
  • BMC Software
  • Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
  • Braskem America
  • Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
  • Brookfield Residential Properties, Inc.
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • C&J Energy Services, Inc.
  • Calcasieu Refining Company
  • California Casualty Management Company
  • Canon Business Process Services
  • Capital Power Corporation
  • Carilion Clinic
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Carter's
  • Casey Family Programs
  • CATL
  • CBS Corporation
  • Centene Corporation
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses
  • Childcare Network
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Cipla USA
  • Colorado Judicial Department
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Community Coffee Company, LLC
  • Compassion International
  • Continental Disc Corporation
  • Corning
  • COUNTRY Financial
  • Covenant HealthCare
  • Cox Enterprises, Inc.
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Credit Acceptance Corporation
  • Cretex Companies
  • Crocs, Inc.
  • CROPP Cooperative
  • Crowe Horwath, LLP
  • CUNA Mutual Group
  • CVS Health Corporation
  • Daiichi Sankyo (DSI)
  • Daikin America
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc.
  • DCP Midstream, LP
  • Dean Foods Company
  • Dollar General Corporation
  • Donnelley Financial Solutions
  • Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
  • DSM
  • DSW, Inc.
  • Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
  • Eide Bailly
  • EisnerAmper
  • Elbit Systems of America
  • Elliott Company
  • Elliott Davis Decosimo
  • Emory University - Emory Healthcare
  • EnLink Midstream
  • Ennismore International USA
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • ERCO Worldwide
  • Ericsson, Inc.
  • Essentia Health
  • Evonik Corporation
  • Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Exotic Metals Forming Company, LLC
  • Fanatics Retail Group
  • Farm Credit Foundations
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • FBL Financial Group, Inc.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
  • Fiduciary Counselling
  • First Financial Bancorp
  • Flowserve Corporation
  • Franciscan Alliance
  • Fresenius Kabi USA
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Gardner Denver, Inc.
  • Gaudenzia
  • Gemini
  • General Atomics
  • General Dynamics Corporation - Electric Boat Division
  • Gibson Energy
  • Global Brands Group
  • Global Indemnity Group, Inc.
  • GOJO Industries, Inc.
  • Goodwill Industries of Southeastern WI
  • Granite Construction
  • Greenheck Fan Corporation
  • Greif
  • GSP
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
  • Health Quest System
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Hi-Crush Partners
  • HMSHost Corporation
  • HomeStreet Bank
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • HOYA Surgical Optics
  • Humana, Inc.
  • Hunter Douglas
  • Hyundai Motor America
  • iCIMS
  • ICS Nett
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc.
  • INDUS Technology
  • Ingram Industries, Inc.
  • Ingram Micro
  • InnovAge
  • Inova Health System
  • Intermountain Healthcare, Inc.
  • International Imaging Materials, Inc.
  • International SOS
  • ISO New England
  • ITOCHU International North America
  • J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
  • James Avery Craftsman, Inc.
  • Joseph T. Ryerson & Son
  • Just Born
  • Kao Specialties Americas, LLC
  • Keck Medicine of USC
  • Kinross Gold Corporation
  • Koch Industries, Inc. - Molex, LLC
  • Kohl's Corporation
  • KOSTAL North America
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Lee County Electric Cooperative
  • Leidos Corp
  • LEO Pharma
  • Leprino Foods Company
  • Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
  • LifeNet Health
  • Lifetime Healthcare Companies, Inc. - Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Lions Clubs International
  • Listowel
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Loomis Armored US
  • Lube-Tech
  • Lundbeck
  • Macy's, Inc.
  • Madison Gas And Electric Company
  • Madison Square Garden Company
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Mars Food- US
  • Mary Kay, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • MAXIMUS, Inc.
  • Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Merck & Co.
  • Metalsa Structural Products Novi
  • Methodist University
  • Michigan Auto Insurance Placement Facility
  • MicroPort Orthopedics
  • MidMichigan Health
  • Mitsui Sumitomo
  • MTD Products
  • National Grid
  • National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC)
  • Nautilus, Inc.
  • Nebraska Medicine - Nebraska Medical Center
  • Niagara Bottling
  • NKC of America
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Northside Hospital
  • Northwest Permanente PC
  • Norton Healthcare
  • NOVA Chemicals
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals
  • NW Natural
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Oasis Petroleum
  • OFS Fitel
  • OOCL (USA)
  • Optimizely
  • ORIX Corporation USA
  • Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals
  • Oxford University Press
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Pacific Life Insurance Company
  • Patelco Credit Union
  • Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  • Pindrop Security
  • PPL Corporation
  • PPL Corporation - LG&E and KU Energy
  • Premise Health
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Prime Therapeutics, LLC
  • Puffer-Sweiven
  • Quad/Graphics
  • Radisson Hotel Group
  • Range Resources Corp.
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Republic Airways Holdings
  • Retail Business Services
  • S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
  • Saint Luke's Health System
  • Sandy Spring Bank
  • Sanofi
  • Sasol North America
  • Sauder Woodworking Company
  • Scholle IPN Corporation
  • Securian Financial Group
  • Security Finance
  • Selective Insurance Group, Inc.
  • Sendik's Food Markets
  • Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC
  • Sharp HealthCare
  • Shionogi
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
  • Sidley Austin, LLP
  • Sodexo USA
  • SOS International
  • Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Spark Therapeutics
  • Specialty Restaurants Corporation
  • Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
  • SPS Commerce
  • Square
  • St. Francis Health System
  • St. Norbert College
  • StandardAero
  • Stantec, Inc.
  • Starr Companies
  • Stillwater Mining Company
  • SUEZ North America
  • Sun Life Financial
  • SunCoke Energy, Inc.
  • T-Mobile US, Inc.
  • TBC Corporation
  • TD Bank, N.A.
  • Tenaris, Inc. USA
  • Texas Health Resources, Inc.
  • Textron, Inc.
  • The Allstate Corporation - Allstate Insurance Company
  • The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Boeing Company - Insitu, Inc.
  • The Capital Group Companies, Inc.
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Christ Hospital Network - The Christ Hospital
  • The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • The General Insurance
  • The IMT Group
  • The Kroger Co.
  • The Maschhoffs
  • The Opus Group
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Vermont Health Network - The University of Vermont Medical Center
  • THK Manufacturing of America
  • TMEIC Corporation
  • Tokio Marine North America Services (TMNA Services)
  • Toppan Photomasks United States
  • Torrid LLC
  • Total Wine & More
  • TPC Group, LLC
  • TRAM
  • TransUnion
  • Traylor Bros.
  • Trinity Health
  • Trinity Health - St. Agnes Medical Center
  • Truman Medical Centers
  • Tufts Associated Health Plans
  • UCare Minnesota
  • UCI International
  • Umpqua Dairy Products, Co.
  • Under Armour
  • United Launch Alliance
  • University Corporation of Atmospheric Research
  • University of Maryland University College
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • US Foods
  • UW Health
  • Valent USA Corporation
  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • Vector Security
  • Veritiv Corporation
  • ViaSat
  • Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA)
  • Volunteers of America of Florida
  • Volvo Cars North America
  • Wagner Spray Tech Corporation
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Wawa
  • Wayne State University
  • Wedbush Securities
  • Wellmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Wells Enterprises, Inc.
  • WellStar Health System
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Williams A. Hazel
  • Winrock International
  • World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
  • Xcel Energy, Inc.
  • Xerox Technology
  • Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
  • Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
  • Zurich North America
  • 2019 Participation

    This is a biennial survey. Survey Participation will not be available in 2019. View the Survey Schedule tab for your next opportunity to participate. 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:

    • Discounted survey results
    • An exclusive invitation to survey events

    Related Articles

    Introducing the Improved Mercer Benchmark Database: New Options, Features, and Insights for 2018 image

    From Reference Points to Bands: Which is best for my organization?

    There are many different structure designs and not all support the same sort of pay management. Let’s take a look at the many different types of pay management constructs and consider how they might work for various employee populations and organizational cultures. Do you have the best pay structure for your organization?

    Read Article
    Keeping Pace With North American Compensation Policy and Practice Trends image

    Keeping Pace With North American Compensation Policy and Practice Trends

    You've likely heard how some companies are implementing diverse new workplace perks to attract talent. But are HR policies and practices like remote work, volunteer leave, and PTO really being adopted by organizations as commonly as you think? Find out with this overview of current HR trends in the US and Canada.

    Read Article
    Before Budgeting: Tips for Compensation Planning image

    Before Budgeting: Tips for Compensation Planning

    When it comes to managing annual salary budgets, sometimes the hardest part of all is figuring out where to start. From understanding your top compensation planning goals to identifying and benchmarking your company’s jobs, this guide will walk you through each step of this pivotal HR process, giving you the guidance and confidence you need to streamline your process for building a robust strategy.

    Download White Paper
    • IsOrderingSetYes
    • Ordering TypeMultiLevelMultiSelection
    • RegionUS
    • Sub TitleGo beyond the paycheck to enhance your compensation strategy
    • Short DescriptionGo beyond the paycheck and explore other areas of compensation.
    • isCOLQOLNO