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 15 prominent industries, this survey provides critical data for dealing with key issues in the HR industry 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.

Survey Details At a Glance

  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • 2018 Participation
  • Pricing
  • Buy Now
  • Schedule
  • Participating Companies


What's new in 2018

This biennial survey will be open for participation in 2018. Survey results are available as a national report or you may select a detailed report. A detailed report for the 2018/2019 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.

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

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

2018 Participation

Data Submission Tools

Participate Online

To become a survey participant, access the online questionnaire above, complete the step-by-step questions, and then submit. It's that simple! We understand the level of sensitivity in the data provided and will hold your data in the strictest confidence.

2018 Participation is now open!

Survey participation is open to all organizations and is not required to purchase results. To participate in the 2018 survey, please submit your completed questionnaire before the deadline. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

  • A discount on survey results!
  • An exclusive invitation to survey events.

2018 Survey Schedule

Participation opens: June 13
Participation closes: July 27
Results available: November

2018 Pricing

2018/2019 US Comp. Policies & Practices  – National Report — USD 800
2018/2019 US Comp. Policies & Practices  – Detailed Report — USD 1,200

2018/2019 US Comp. Policies & Practices  – National Report — USD 2,400
2018/2019 US Comp. Policies & Practices  – Detailed Report — USD 3,600


Product* Participant Non-Participant
2016/2017 US Compensation Policies & Practices Survey – National Report (includes national data only) USD 400 USD 1,200
2016/2017 US Compensation Policies & Practices Survey – Detailed Report (includes national data plus industry and revenue scopes) USD 600 USD 1,800
2016/2017 US Compensation Policies & Practices Survey – 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, with results available for purchase in November.

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.

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  • Participation Opens: June 13
  • Participation Deadline: July 27
  • Report Available: November

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

Participating Companies

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