US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey

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Are you struggling to compete for talent in your local markets? A tightening labor pool has certainly made competition tougher than ever for the employees you need. Understanding how positions are paying within your region is critical to securing the talent your organization requires in all markets.

The US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey contains compensation data for 3,400+ positions from 19 position families. Learn what you should pay your employees across professional and paraprofessional career streams from 2,760 organizations. Get the compensation data that you need for a specific region(s):

  • North Central Region
  • Northeast Region
  • South Central Region
  • Southeast Region
  • West Coast Region

Are you ready for a competitive talent strategy?

Survey Details At a Glance
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Regions
  • 2018 Participation

Overview

This survey provides compensation data reflecting 2,061,865 employee observations. Easily analyze this robust data by:

  • Base pay
  • FLSA status
  • Position match
  • Short-term incentive amounts
  • Total cash compensation

New for 2018

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 2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey now contains compensation data for 3,414 positions in professional and paraprofessional career levels and 113 specializations across numerous job families.

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: 3,414
  • # Organizations: 2,760
  • # Observations: 2,050,170

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey.

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • FLSA Status
  • Position Match
  • Short-term Incentive Amounts
  • Total Cash Compensation

Data Analyzed

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • Regional

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Para-Professional
  • Professional

Position Families Analyzed

  • Administration
  • Banking
  • Communications
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Supply and Logistics
  • Pricing

    Product Participant Non-Participant
    2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North Central Region USD 875 USD 2,100
    2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North East Region USD 875 USD 2,100
    2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South Central Region USD 875 USD 2,100
    2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South East Region USD 875 USD 2,100
    2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – West Coast Region USD 875 USD 2,100

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    • 2018 survey results now available.

    Survey Schedule

    • Participation Opens: January 25
    • Participation Deadline: March 30
    • Date Effective: March 1
    • Report Available: Early August

    Participating Companies

    View a list of the participating companies included in the 2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark 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.

    Regions

    regional breakdown of US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey

    North Central

    Iowa
    Illinois
    *Indiana
    Kansas
    *Kentucky
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Missouri
    Montana
    North Dakota
    Nebraska
    *Ohio
    South Dakota
    *West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming

    Northeast

    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Massachusetts
    Maryland
    Maine
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    Vermont
    *Virginia
    *West Virginia
    Washington, D.C.

    Southeast

    Alabama
    *Arkansas
    Florida
    Georgia
    *Indiana
    *Kentucky
    Mississippi
    North Carolina
    *Ohio
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    *Virginia
    *West Virginia

    South Central

    *Arkansas
    *Arizona
    Colorado
    Louisiana
    New Mexico
    Oklahoma
    Texas
    Utah

    West Coast

    Alaska
    *Arizona
    California
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Oregon
    Nevada
    Washington

    *State is split between regions

    View a breakdown of the five geographical regions available in the US MBD Metropolitan Benchmark Survey here.

    2018 Participation


    2018 Survey Participation is now closed. View the Survey Schedule tab for your next opportunity to participate. 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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    • Short DescriptionSalary data for a broad cross-section of jobs within 5 US geographic regions.