Mercer Life Sciences

Make smart rewards decisions by participating in Mercer's Life Sciences (MLS) Compensation Surveys.

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The MLS surveys provide you with comprehensive and reliable insight on trends in compensation and benefits practices within the life sciences sector, using a globally harmonized survey methodology to facilitate your rewards planning.

This survey covers a broad selection of hundreds of benchmark positions ranging from industry-specific job families such as pre-clinical and clinical development, medical regulatory affairs, medical field sales, market access and scientific patenting, to support functions such as finance and human resources. Our deep industry databases contain a broad range of life sciences organizations from sectors such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices and diagnostics.

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  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • 2019 Participation
  • What Do You Receive?
  • Asia Pacific MLS
  • Canadian MLS
  • Pricing and Purchasing Options
  • Contact Information


2018 Data Now Available

Are you interested in having access to the latest Mercer Life Sciences survey results? Please contact our industry consultants for more information.

2018 Participation Now Closed

View 2019 coverage and pricing below. As a survey participant you will be able to compare your organization against the market and receive preferential pricing. Register your interest in participation today.

Product Details

Markets Covered


  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Western Europe

  • Austria*
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland*
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece*
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway*
  • Portugal*
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Eastern Europe

  • Armenia*
  • Azerbaijan*
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Georgia*
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan
  • Moldova*
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

Middle East and Africa

  • Algeria
  • Cameroon
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana*
  • Gulf Region- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Yemen
  • Iran
  • Iraq*
  • Ivory Coast*
  • Kenya*
  • Levant Region- Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria
  • Libya*
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria*
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia

Asia Pacific

  • Australia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

*Life Sciences supplementary modules available

Data Collected

Base Salary– monthly base salary times the number of months paid

Total Guaranteed Cash Compensation– base salary plus guaranteed allowances

Total Cash Compensation– total guaranteed cash compensation plus short-term incentive, sales incentive, profit sharing or other incentive awards

Total Direct Compensation– total cash compensation plus long-term incentive awards, valued using Black-Scholes methodology for appreciation-based awards

Total Remuneration*– Total direct compensation plus benefits and perquisites

*Canadian MLS does not include remuneration information.

Job Families Surveyed

  • Clinical research
  • Health economics
  • Key accounts
  • Market access
  • Medical affairs
  • Medical sales and representation
  • Medical scientific liaison
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Preclinical research
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Research & development
  • Sales effectiveness

Data for a full range of general infrastructure/support functions are collected and published alongside that of the industry-specific functions.

What Do You Receive?

Online Access– Survey results are delivered through Mercer WIN® which allows you to create custom views, analyse data across markets simultaneously, create unlimited peer groups, refine the market, compare your data vs. the market*, combine jobs, export to Excel, and more!

Survey Overview– An overview of the market pay trends relative to the prior year as well as a summary of the economic, political, and labour trends in the country.

Policy & Practice Report– A summary of organizations' remuneration policies, which includes salary budget forecasts, compensation mix by employee groups, short-term and long-term incentive practices, as well as benefits.

Actual Market Data– Market analysis by job including all remuneration values, helping you determine which jobs are more competitive within the market.

Market Regression and Related Position Class Report– Market analysis by position class (Mercer's International Position Evaluation (IPE) methodology for job evalation) for each of the major components of total remuneration.

Mercer Job Library – A comprehensive, globally consistent job catalog which provides more data with less guesswork, enhanced job content, intuitive results analysis, consistent data collection, and more.

*only available for participants

Delivery on Mercer WIN®

Mercer Workforce Intelligence Network® (Mercer WIN) is a single-point access to Mercer's unparalleled survey data and analytics. WIN represents the most comprehensive and intuitive tool available. Specifically, Mercer WIN allows:

  • Simultaneous access to markets and surveys around the world.
  • Instant creation of peer groups and further individual market refinements across markets.
  • Access to standard TRS reports and the advanced functionalities for relevant individual comparisons by title, level, industries, markets. Aging and currency normalization are available too.
  • Production of customized charts, graphs and reports at the click of a button.

Mercer WIN's built-in reporting and analytic capabilities let you quickly and easily turn information into true intelligence about your organization's remuneration practices. Using this sophisticated yet surprisingly simple tool, you can explore, interpret and formulate insights on important human capital decisions and investments.

Asia Pacific MLS

In order to accommodate your local data needs, we offer country-specific products as well as regional and local forums.

Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Salary Survey (APHSS)

Mercer is proud to be the selected vendor to conduct the Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Industry Salary Survey by the Pharmaceutical Human Resources Association (PHRA) since 2005. The forum has been covering both executive and non-executive jobs. To maintain the quality of the data for this premier Forum, members are mandated to participate in all countries.

APHSS Forum Entitlements:

  • Two face-to-face regional meetings per year.
  • Two spot polls – key topics proposed by members and agreed by the Steering Committee.
  • Invitation to be part of the knowledge exchange on our dedicated Life Sciences Industry LinkedIn group for Asia.
  • Gain exclusive access to the Membership Lounge for up to two persons per company.
  • Special discounts

Join the LinkedIn Mercer Life Sciences Industry – Asia group - an online Community exclusively for our clients

Local Country Forums

Canadian MLS

We are proud to partner with MEDEC, the national association created by and for the Canadian medical technology industry, to bring you high quality, industry-specific data. For more information about MEDEC contact or visit

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The Canadian edition of the MLS survey position matrix can be found here. This survey does not collect policies and practices information nor does it contain benefits information. 

Pricing and Purchasing Options

Please note that this is a participant only survey and only participants are eligible to purchase.

Contact Information

Mercer Life Sciences contact list.

Peter Stevenson, Global Life Sciences Leader
+44 7584 389 265

Tim Stanscheit
+65 6398 2430

Carey Reeve
+44 207 178 5514

Ana Velazquez
+57 1 742 1081

Juan Bastidas
+57 1 742 1081

Razan Simaan
+30 694 537 6722

Jessica Balcombe
+61 288 646 266

Tanaz Moazami
+1 212 345 9826

Andrew Dickson
+1 502 561-4623

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