US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey: High Technology - STEM

US Mercer SIRS  Benchmark Survey – High Technology Industry image

The High Technology – STEM portion of the US Mercer SIRS® Benchmark Survey delivers compensation data focusing on aerospace and defense, electronics, energy, manufacturing, research and development, systems, and technical services organizations.

This survey contains over 2,085 positions from 235 organizations across the US, from entry level to first-level executive. You can analyze 23 cross-industry and industry-specific job families that play a critical role in the high technology industry, allowing you to effectively manage your compensation strategy so that you retain your top talent.

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.

Survey Details At a Glance

  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing
  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List
  • Participating Companies
  • 2018 Participation


Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN giving you access to the data through a variety of parameters — including geography, industry, company size and more — to more efficiently organize and analyze the information. Mercer WIN enables you to customize your analysis by job as well as compare job descriptions side-by-side, change pay elements to support the right level of analysis, run multiple market comparisons in one report, export your data for integration into other systems, and run presentation-quality detail or summary reports. SIRS data prior to 2017 is available through Mercer PayMonitor®.

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: 2,085
  • # Organizations: 235
  • # Observations: 840,458
  • Based on data from the 2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey: High Technology - STEM


  • # Positions: 3,574
  • # Organizations: 657
  • # Observations: 1,815,967
  • Based on data from the 2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey

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

Employee Categories

  • Administrative
  • Support
  • Technical
  • Management

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • National
  • Regional

High Technology

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Research and Development
  • Systems
  • Technical Services

Benchmark Families Analyzed

Cross Industry Job Families

  • Administrative Services
  • Communications
  • Contracts
  • Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Facilities
  • Fiscal
  • 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 Support
  • Engineering & Sciences
  • Flight
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality


Product Participant Non-Participant
2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Standard)* USD 7,100 N/A
2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Surveys (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 19 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 varies 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.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: March 2
  • Participation Deadline: April 16
  • Date Effective: April 1
  • Report Available: August

Position List

View the position list included in this survey.

Participating Companies

View list of participating companies included in this survey.

2018 Participation

2018 Survey Participation is now closed. The SIRS survey results are available for purchase by survey participants only. To become a participant in the 2018 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.
  • Ordering TypeCOL/QOL
  • IsOrderingSetNo
  • AdministrativeFees20
  • Compensation GridShow
  • Short DescriptionAerospace & defense, electronics, R&D, and more high tech position pay data.
  • RegionUS