US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology Survey

Attract and retain qualified technical talent

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With evolving skill sets and rapidly changing technology, the tech industry never slows down. To position your organization for future success, keeping tabs on ever-shifting IT labor trends is crucial.

In collaboration with Gartner, the nation’s preeminent information technology authority, Mercer’s IT salary survey provides the compensation data you need to evaluate your IT department salaries. Learn exactly what to pay your tech employees across all skill levels and career streams within your unique market. Benchmark your compensation strategy against all organizations, or narrow the data by:

  • Industry
  • Geographic location
  • Company size (number of employees, net revenue/sales, or operating expenses/budget)
  • Job subfamilies and specific roles

Are you ready to position your organization for an innovative future?

Survey Details At a Glance
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • 2019 Participation


Conducted for over 20 years, this survey contains compensation data from 2,180 organizations from over 20 IT position families across all industries. Covering four main career levels — executive, management, paraprofessional, and professional — use this data to evaluate your IT department salaries from top to bottom.

This survey is powered by the new Mercer Job Library. This comprehensive new job catalog provides you with improved job descriptions for more accurate position matches, clearer relationships between jobs, more specializations, and much more. Learn more or view Mercer Job Library FAQs for more details. With the move to Mercer Job Library, the US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology Survey provides easy-to-understand and manageable analytical information for 1,400+ IT positions and career levels, such as:

  • Applications development
  • Cloud computing
  • Data warehousing
  • Network design
  • Software development
  • Systems administration

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: 1,451
  • # Organizations: 2,180
  • # Observations: 393,924

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology Survey

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • FLSA Status
  • Long-term Incentive Eligibility and Grants
  • Organization Data
  • Short-term Incentive Eligibility and Amounts
  • Years in Organization
  • Years in Position

Data Analyzed


  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Diversified
  • Education
  • Energy/Mining
  • Finance/Banking
  • Government
  • Healthcare - Non-Insurance
  • Hospitality, Entertainment and Media
  • Insurance - Non-Healthcare
  • Mfg - Durable, Misc
  • Mfg - High Tech
  • Mfg - Nondurable Goods
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate/Construction
  • Retail/Wholesale
  • Services
  • Technical Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Utilities

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan
  • National
  • Regional


  • Assets
  • Gross Premiums
  • Net Revenue
  • Operating Expenses/Budget
  • Revenue/Sales
  • Total Employment

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Executive
  • Management
  • Para-Professional
  • Professional

Sub-Families Analyzed

  • Applications Development
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Operations
  • Data Entry
  • Data Warehousing
  • Database Development & Administration
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
  • ERP
  • Help Desk
  • IT Audit
  • Middleware
  • Network Administration & Operations
  • Network Design
  • Project Management (Technical)
  • Social Networking
  • Software Development
  • Systems Administration
  • Systems Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Website Management


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2018 US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology Survey USD 2,100 USD 4,300

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  • 2018 survey results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: January 28
  • Participation Deadline: March 29
  • Date Effective: March 1
  • Report Available: Early August

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2018 US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology Survey here.

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.

2019 Participation

2019 Survey Participation opens January 28. 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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