US IHP – Health Plan Executives Compensation Survey

Competitively compensate your organization’s executives

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Health plan executives continue to face immense challenges. The uncertainty around reforms to the Affordable Care Act and other regulatory pressures can leave these top-level employees scratching their heads. To help deal with these daily issues and prepare for the future, and to hang on to your top talent, your organization needs a competitive compensation strategy.

Optimize your compensation strategy with the US IHP – Health Plan Executives Compensation Survey. Benchmark your healthcare executive compensation plans across 13 position families. Learn exactly what to pay your company executives by analyzing data collected for 86 positions from 81 health insurance/managed care organizations. Use this data to evaluate your healthcare executive salary plans across:

  • Base salary
  • Total cash compensation
  • Total direct compensation
  • Incentive
Are you ready to competitively compensate your organization’s executives?
Survey Details At a Glance
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Participating Companies
  • 2019 Participation


This survey contains compensation data from 2,300+ employee observations.

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 Stats

  • # Positions Surveyed: 86
  • # Positions Published: 86
  • # Organizations: 81
  • # Observations: 2,320

Based on data from the 2018 US IHP – Health Plan Executives Compensation Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data Collected

  • Base Salary
  • Total Cash Compensation
  • Total Direct Compensation
  • Incentive

Data Analyzed

  • BlueCross BlueShield vs Non-BCBS Organizations
  • Ownership
  • Revenue / Sales

Position Families Analyzed

  • Claims/member services
  • Information Systems
  • Quality management
  • Corporate Support
  • Legal/compliance
  • Sales and Marketing
  • E-business
  • Medical executives
  • Senior governing executives
  • Finance
  • Provider network
  • Special services/product lines
  • Human Resources


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2018 – US IHP Health Plan Executives Compensation Survey (Module 1) USD 1,600 USD 4,800

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  • 2018 results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Questionnaire Distributed: March 1
  • Participation Deadline: April 15
  • Data Effective Date: April 1
  • Report Available: August

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.

Participating Companies

  • Aetna, Inc.
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
  • Anthem, Inc.
  • AultCare
  • BlueCross BlueShield Association
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska
  • BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • BlueCross of Idaho Health Service, Inc.
  • BlueShield of California
  • Bottom Line Systems, LLC
  • CIGNA Corporation
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Capital BlueCross
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Centene Corporation
  • Central California Alliance for Health
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Concentra - Select Medical
  • Delta Dental of California
  • Delta Dental of Rhode Island
  • EMI Health
  • EmblemHealth
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield - Lifetime Healthcare Companies, Inc.
  • Experian
  • Florida Blue
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Health Alliance Plan (HAP) - Henry Ford Health System
  • Health Care Service Corporation
  • HealthNow New York, Inc.
  • HealthPartners - Minnesota
  • Healthfirst
  • Highmark Health
  • Hometown Health - Renown Health
  • Horizon BlueCross BlueShield of New Jersey
  • Humana, Inc.
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Independent Health Association, Inc.
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • KelseyCare Advantage
  • L.A. Care Health Plan
  • Magellan Health, Inc.
  • Mayo Clinic Health Solutions
  • Medica Health Plans
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Molina Healthcare, Inc.
  • Noridian Healthcare Solutions
  • PacificSource
  • Premera BlueCross
  • Presbyterian Health Plan
  • Prime Therapeutics, LLC
  • Priority Health - Spectrum Health System
  • Providence Health Plans
  • Scott & White Health Plan
  • Seaside Health Plan - MemorialCare Health System
  • Security Health Plan - Marshfield Clinic
  • SelectHealth, Inc. - Intermountain Healthcare, Inc.
  • Sentara Health Plan
  • Sharecare, Inc.
  • Sharp Health Plan
  • SummaCare
  • The AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UCare
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Well Priority
  • WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
  • Wellmark BlueCross BlueShield

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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