US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey: Airline and Transportation Industry

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Attention to detail is at the heart of the airline and transportation business. These details can be the difference between a positive or negative experience for your passengers and partners. This means attracting and keeping the top employees is vital to the success of your company.

The Mercer SIRS® Benchmark Survey – Airline and Transportation Industry module will help you design clear career paths across your organization. Learn exactly what to pay your employees with compensation data collected from 435 positions in the airline and transportation industry. From entry-level to lower executive-level jobs, benchmark your total direct compensation strategy across a variety of parameters, such as:

  • Base pay
  • Long-term incentive eligibility and grants
  • Salary range and grade
  • Short-term incentive eligibility and amounts
  • Sales incentive eligibility and grants
  • Total cash compensation
Are you ready to take your strategy to new heights?

Survey Details At a Glance

  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • 2019 Participation
  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List
  • Participating Companies
  • Ordering


This salary survey delivers compensation data for 123,842 employee observations from 20 organizations. With a focus on logistics as well as passenger and airfreight carriers, analyze the data across numerous industry-specific and cross-industry jobs.

This survey is built upon a time-tested, level, and logical salary benchmarking system that helps clients maximize the potential of their compensation strategy, regardless of organizational structure. The SIRS system assesses organizational structure against industry norms, evaluating for external competitiveness while highlighting issues of internal equity.

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: 435
  • # Positions Published: 409
  • # Organizations: 20
  • # Observations: 123,842
  • Based on data from the 2018 US Mercer SIRS - Benchmark Survey: Airline and Transportation Industry. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

    ALL SIRS Benchmark Industries

  • # Positions Surveyed: 1,099
  • # Positions Published: 992
  • # Organizations: 675
  • # Observations: 1,765,722
  • Based on data from the 2018 US Mercer SIRS® – 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
    • Job Titles
    • Long-term Incentive Eligibility and Grants
    • Organization Data
    • Salary Range and Grade
    • Short-term Incentive Eligibility and Amounts
    • Sales Incentive Eligibility and Grants
    • Total Cash Compensation

    Data Analyzed

    Job Categories Analyzed

    • Administrative
    • Management
    • Support
    • Technical/Licensed

    Geographic Area

    • Metropolitan Area
    • National
    • Regional

    Benchmark Families Analyzed

    Cross Industry Job Families

    • Administrative Services
    • Communications
    • Contracts
    • Environmental, Health & Safety
    • Facilities
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
    • Legal & Regulatory
    • Library Sciences
    • Marketing
    • Sales
    • Security
    • Strategy & Planning
    • Supply Chain
    • Technical Product Support

    Industry Specific Job Families

    • Airline operations
    • Airport operations
    • Engineering & Sciences
    • Engineering & Sciences Support
    • Flight
    • Manufacturing
    • Quality

    2019 Participation

    The SIRS survey results are available for purchase by survey participants only. To become a participant in the 2019 survey, please request materials using the form below. A member of the Mercer SIRS Support Team will contact you with more information.

    Request Participation Materials

    As a survey participant you do receive key benefits:

    • Access to survey results which are available for purchase by survey participants only.
    • 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.
    • The ability to see your data aligned with the market when results are produced in Mercer WIN®, our interactive product delivery platform. Mercer WIN also gives you the ability to create custom reports and peer groups to see how you compare to other companies.

    2019 Survey Schedule

  • Participation opens: March 5
  • Participation closes: April 15
  • Results available: August
  • Participation Webcasts
    To better understand the submission process, as well as the survey data collected, attend a participation webcast.
    Register here.

    2019 Pricing

    2019 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Standard) USD 7,800
    2019 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Premium) USD 10,500

    Survey Schedule

    • Participation Opens: March 5
    • Participation Deadline: April 15
    • Date Effective: April 1
    • Report Available: August

    Position List

    View the position list included in this survey.

    Participating Companies

    • Air Canada (US)
    • Air Methods Corporation
    • Alaska Airlines, Inc.
    • American Airlines Group, Inc.
    • Atlas Air, Inc.
    • BBA Aviation - BBA U.S. Holdings, Inc.
    • BBA Aviation - Signature Flight Support
    • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
    • Envoy Air, Inc.
    • FedEx Corporation - FedEx Express
    • Frontier Airlines, Inc.
    • Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
    • JetBlue Airways
    • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (dba Amtrak)
    • Porter Airlines Inc.
    • Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.
    • Southwest Airlines Co.
    • Spirit Airlines, Inc.
    • United Continental Holdings, Inc.
    • United Parcel Service, Inc. - Airlines


    Product Participant Non-Participant
    2018 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Standard)* USD 7,400 N/A
    2018 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Premium)** USD 10,500 N/A

    Please note:

    *Standard - Additional User: USD 750 / Additional Custom Report: USD 1,450

    **Premium - Additional User: USD 1,250 / Additional Custom Report: USD 1,450

    The Standard Option (Benchmark Survey):

    • Access for 2 users
    • One industry cut of your choice
    • A custom peer group of your choice
    • An all SIRS (all industry) cut
    • Standard geographic cuts
    • Interactive analytical capabilities:
      • Compare my data
      • Aging
      • Exporting

    The Premium Option (Benchmark and Executive Survey):
    All features in the standard option PLUS:

    • Unlimited peer groups
    • Access to all industry and sub-industry cuts
    • All geographic locations including city and state
    • Market selections including revenue, headcount, organization ownership, and more
    • Full analytical flexibility to combine/create statistics based on any query or filter

    Base price includes two users; additional users may be added at additional rates. Pricing may vary for multi-entity organizations. This survey is only available to participants. If you are interested in purchase options, complete this form and a SIRS consultant will contact you.

    Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.

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