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 collects compensation data for 3,800+ positions from 19 position families. Learn what you should pay your employees across executive, management, professional, and para-professional career streams with data from 2,932 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
  • 2019 Participation
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Regions
  • Participating Companies

Overview

This survey provides compensation data reflecting 2,198,488 employee observations. Easily analyze this robust data by:

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

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: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey collects compensation data for 3,843 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 Surveyed: 3,843
  • # Positions Published: 2,156
  • # Organizations: 2,932
  • # Observations: 2,198,488

Based on data from the 2018 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark 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

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

Data Analyzed

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • 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

  • Administration, Facilities & Secretarial
  • Communications & Corporate Affairs
  • Creative & Design
  • Data Analytics/Warehousing, & Business Intelligence
  • Engineering & Science
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Healthcare/Pharmacy Services
  • Hospitality (Food Service & Lodging)
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • IT, Telecom & Internet
  • Legal, Compliance & Audit
  • Production & Skilled Trades
  • Project/Program Management
  • Quality Management
  • Real Estate Management, Property Development & Investment
  • Sales, Marketing & Product Management
  • Supply Chain
  • 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.
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    2019 Pricing

    Participant
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North Central Region– 975 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North East Region – 975 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South Central Region – 975 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South East Region – 975 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – West Coast Region – 975 USD

    Non-Participant
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North Central Region – 2,100 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North East Region – 2,100 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South Central Region – 2,100 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South East Region – 2,100 USD
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – West Coast Region – 2,100 USD

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

    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.

    Participating Companies

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

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