US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report

Align your employees interests with long-term growth

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Long-term incentive plans encourage your top employees to remain loyal to your company for the foreseeable future. This practice is vital to keeping your employees engaged and fulfilled by their work and career, so that your company achieves its strategic objectives and maximizes its shareholder’s value over the long course.

Use the US MBD: Long-term Incentive and Equity Report to benchmark your LTI rewards strategy against 3,081 organizations, refining it by company size, ownership type, and organization type. Featuring data from 14 industries, evaluate your LTI approach relative to your direct industry competitors as well as the market at large. Compare your LTI plan by:

  • Base pay
  • Long-term incentives
  • LTI eligibility by plan type
  • Total cash compensation
  • Total direct compensation and more
Are your employees’ interests aligned with long-term company growth?
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Sample Report
  • 2019 Participation
  • Related Articles


With data derived from the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database, this report uses four different evaluation methodologies giving you the comprehensive analysis to determine the best incentive solution to properly reward your employees. Evaluation methodologies included in this report are:

  • Black-Scholes
  • Binomial
  • Net Present Value
  • Accounting Cost

You can also leverage data from the US MBD: Short-Term Incentive Report to benchmark your STI components such as total cash compensation and target percentage against the market.

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN® in an excel file.

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: 3,081
  • # Observations: 2,611,069

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • Long-term Incentives
  • LTI as a Percent of Base Pay
  • LTI Eligibility by Plan Type
  • Organization Data
  • Target Total Cash Compensation
  • Target Total Direct Compensation
  • Total Cash Compensation
  • Total Direct Compensation

Data Analyzed


  • 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

  • National

Organization Type

  • Division
  • Multi-Profit Centre (Group)
  • Parent Company/Independent Company/Corporate
  • Subsidiary

Ownership Type

  • Government and Broader Public Sector (including Crown Corporations)
  • Joint Venture
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Publicly Traded on a Stock Exchange
  • Privately Owned Organization

Organization Size

  • Assets
  • Gross Premiums
  • Market Capitalization
  • Net Revenue (Healthcare Organizations Only)
  • Net Sales Revenue
  • Operating Expenses/Budget
  • Total FTE's (Full-Time Equivalents)

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Executive
  • Management
  • Para-Professional
  • Professional


Product Participant Non-Participant
2019 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report – LTI only USD 2,700 USD 7,800
2019 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report – LTI and STI USD 4,400 USD 12,600

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  • 2019 results are available for purchase and will be delivered upon survey release (September).

Survey Schedule

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

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2018 US MBD: Long-Term Incentive and Equity Report here.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey to see what's included, and learn how easy it is to streamline your salary benchmarking efforts.

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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