US Real Estate Compensation Survey

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Keeping up with real estate shifts and trends is no easy task. From advancements in technology to rising home prices, understanding how market trends impact the customers you serve requires a passionate and dedicated team of employees. A competitive compensation strategy that attracts and motivates the right talent to join, stay, and deliver for your organizations is a crucial first step.

See how your talent strategy stacks up against the competition with the US Real Estate Compensation Survey. Gauge your market position with data on 12,700+ employee observations. Evaluate your salaries from top to bottom with survey data across 10 position families. Benchmark your talent strategy with crucial compensation and policy information specific to the real estate industry, such as:

  • Base salary
  • Long-term incentive grant information
  • Long-term incentive plan type prevalence
  • Short- and long-term incentive eligibility
  • Short-term incentive amounts
  • Short-term incentive target percent data

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Survey Details at a Glance

  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • 2019 Participation


This survey contains information for 79 positions from 20 organizations to help you analyze the survey data by:

  • Assets
  • Operating expenses/Budget
  • Primary sector focus: office, retail, residential, industrial, diversified
  • Principal business: real estate development, property management
  • Properties and rental units owned/managed: total square footage, number of properties, number of rentals
  • Revenue/Sales

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: 79
  • # Organizations: 20
  • # Observations: 12,732

Based on data from the 2018 US Real Estate Compensation Survey

Data Collected

  • Base Salary
  • Long-term Incentive Grant Information
  • Long-term Incentive Plan Type Prevalence
  • Short- and Long-term Incentive Eligibility
  • Short-term Incentive Amounts
  • Short-term Incentive Target Percent Data

Data Analyzed

  • Assets
  • Operating Expenses/Budget 
  • Primary Sector Focus: Office, Retail, Residential, Industrial, Diversified 
  • Principal Business: Real Estate Development, Property Management 
  • Properties & Rental Units Owned/Managed: Total sq Footage, Number of Properties, Number of Rentals 
  • Revenue/Sales

Position Families Analyzed

  • Acquisitions/Disposition 
  • Asset Management 
  • Business Unit Administration 
  • Capital Markets/Financing 
  • Construction 
  • Corporate Executive 
  • Development 
  • Leasing 
  • Other Corporate Professionals 
  • Property Management


Product Participant Non-Participant
2018 US Real Estate Compensation Survey – Compensation and Policy Results* USD 3,100 USD 10,950
2018 US Real Estate Compensation Survey – Compensation Results Only USD 3,100 USD 9,300
2018 US Real Estate Compensation Survey – Policy Results Only USD 550 USD 1,650

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US Real Estate Compensation Survey

*Organizations that participated in both the compensation and policy surveys will receive policy results at no charge.

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  • 2018 results will be available for purchase in August.

*Organizations that participated in both the compensation and policy surveys will receive policy results at no charge. If you choose to participate only in the Real Estate Compensation Survey, you may still purchase the Real Estate Policy Survey results for an additional fee.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: April 10
  • Participation Deadline: May 29
  • Date Effective: May 1
  • Report Available: August 22

Participating Companies

  • Aimco
  • Alexander & Baldwin, Inc
  • Corporate Office Properties Trust
  • Crescent Communities, LLC
  • Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • Equity Office Management, LLC
  • Equity Residential
  • Hines Interests, LP
  • HNA Property Holdings LLC
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Madison Marquette
  • Minto Communities, LLC
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Prologis, Inc.
  • Realty Income Corporation
  • Sprit Realty Capital, Inc
  • Taubman Centers, Inc.
  • The Irvine Company, LLC
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Westfield, LLC

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.

2019 Participation

2019 Survey Participation opens April 10. 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.
  • Content*Organizations that participated in both the compensation and policy surveys will receive policy results at no charge.
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