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 salary survey collects compensation data for 4,300+ positions from 19 position families. Learn what you should pay your employees across professional and para-professional career streams with data collected from 2,940 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
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  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Regions
  • Participating Companies
  • 2019 Participation


This survey provides benchmark data reflecting 2,718,709 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 4,396 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: 4,396
  • # Positions Published: 3,904
  • # Organizations: 2,940
  • # Observations: 2,718,709

Based on data from the 2019 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


  • 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

  • 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
  • Pricing

    Product Participant Non-Participant
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North Central Region USD 975 USD 2,100
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North East Region USD 975 USD 2,100
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South Central Region USD 975 USD 2,100
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South East Region USD 975 USD 2,100
    2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – West Coast Region USD 975 USD 2,100

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    • 2019 results now available for purchase.

    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.


    regional breakdown of US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey


    North Dakota
    South Dakota
    *West Virginia


    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    Rhode Island
    *West Virginia
    Washington, D.C.


    North Carolina
    South Carolina
    *West Virginia

    South Central

    New Mexico

    West Coast


    *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 2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey here.

    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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