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
  • 2019 Participation
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report

Overview

Conducted for over 20 years, this survey contains compensation data from 2,190 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 Mercer Job Library. This comprehensive 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 collects analytical information for 1,600+ IT positions across 31 position sub-families, such as:

  • Data Analytics & Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Information Systems Architecture
  • Internal Data Engineering & Warehousing
  • IT Applications Development
  • IT Infrastructure & Systems Administration
  • IT, Telecom & Internet Generalists
  • Technical Project/Program Management

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 Surveyed: 1,681
  • # Positions Published: 811
  • # Organizations: 2,190
  • # Observations: 380,301

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information technology Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

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

Industry

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

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan
  • National
  • Regional

Organization Size

  • Assets
  • Gross Premiums
  • Net Revenue
  • Net Sales Revenue
  • Number of Employees
  • Operating Expenses/Budget

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Executive
  • Management
  • Para-Professional
  • Professional

Position Families Analyzed

  • Communications & Corporate Affairs
  • Creative & Design
  • Data Analytics/Warehousing, & Business Intelligence
  • Engineering & Science
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • IT, Telecom & Internet
  • Legal, Compliance & Audit
  • Project/Program Management
  • Quality Management
  • Sales, Marketing & Product Management
  • Supply Chain

Position Sub-Families Analyzed

  • Back-End Transaction/Data Processing
  • Business Process/Service Quality
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Communications & Corporate Affairs Generalists
  • Compliance
  • Data Analytics & Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Data Analytics/Warehousing, & Business Intelligence Management
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Field Sales & Account Management
  • Information Systems Administration & Reporting
  • Information Systems Architecture
  • Information Systems Operations & Production Control
  • Internal Audit
  • Internal Data Engineering & Warehousing
  • IT Applications Development
  • IT Business Systems Analysts
  • IT Consulting
  • IT Infrastructure & Systems Administration
  • IT Security
  • IT Systems Configuration & Programming
  • IT User Support
  • IT, Telecom & Internet Generalists
  • IT, Telecom & Internet Leadership
  • Management Accounting
  • Procurement
  • Product Marketing & Management
  • Science Technical Research
  • Software Product Engineering
  • Technical Project/Program Management
  • Telecommunications Network Planning, Operations & Site Acquisition
  • Web/New Media Creative & User Interface Design

2019 Participation

Data Submission Tools

Compensation Questionnaire
Questionnaire and DVF FAQ
Job Matching Tool

To become a survey participant, download the compensation questionnaire above, review and complete the questionnaire, 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.

What's New in 2019

  • New position class data. We’ve combined our MBD and US Total Remuneration Survey in to a single survey with more robust results. Position class data is now included in MBD.
  • Expanded position coverage. As the Mercer Job Library continues to evolve, job lists have expanded to include new cross-industry and industry-specific specializations. Plus, general customer service and contact center roles have been added to the survey.
  • Benefits data now included. A new tab has been added to the questionnaire so that you can provide benefits data. While participation in this section is optional, you will receive a complimentary National Spotlight on Benefits Report if you provide data.

2019 Participation is now open!

Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. To participate in the 2019 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 - 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.

2019 Survey Schedule

  • Participation opens: January 28
  • Participation closes: March 29
  • Results available: Early August
  • Participation Webcasts
    To better understand the submission process, as well as the survey data collected, attend a participation webcast.
    US MBD Mercer/Gartner IT Webcast Recording
    US MBD/TRS Participation Presentation PDF

    2019 Pricing

    Participant
    2019 US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology Survey – 2,200 USD

    Non-Participant
    2019 US MBD: Mercer/Gartner Information Technology Survey – 4,300 USD

    Pricing

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

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    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.

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    • Short DescriptionEvaluate IT position salaries with this in-depth survey.