US Mercer SIRS® – Survey Suite

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For more than 50 years, the US Mercer Strategic Industry Rewards Solutions (SIRS®) Survey Suite has been providing the tools necessary to build flexible and tested pay structures to meet the needs of organizations everywhere. The SIRS Suite covers jobs in the US from entry level to executive across four industries: airline and transportation, consumer product, high technology, and life sciences.

The SIRS Suite contains 9,595 positions, analyzing career levels of all types from 24 industry-specific and cross-industry job families. With multiple modules available, select the solutions that are the right match for your industry and compensation needs.

Survey Details At a Glance

The SIRS Survey Suite includes the following survey modules:

US Mercer SIRS® - Benchmark Survey

3,574 positions
657 organizations

Industry Specific
US Mercer SIRS® Benchmark Survey Airline and Transportation Industry
US Mercer SIRS® Benchmark Survey Consumer Products Industry
US Mercer SIRS® Benchmark Survey High Technology – STEM
US Mercer SIRS® Benchmark Survey Life Sciences Industry


US Mercer SIRS® - Medical Device Sales Compensation Survey

47 positions
70 organizations

US Mercer SIRS® - Executive Survey

123 positions
230 organizations


Puerto Rico Mercer SIRS Life Sciences Survey

184 positions
39 organizations


US Mercer SIRS® Sales Policies and Practices Survey

72 positions
131 organizations

Additional SIRS Reports
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing
  • Survey Schedule
  • 2018 Participation


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 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

Data Collected

  • Base Salary
  • FLSA Status
  • Job Titles
  • Long-term Incentive Eligibility and Grants
  • Organization Data
  • Salary Range and Grade
  • Short-term Incentive Eligibility and Amounts
  • Total Cash Compensation

Data Analyzed

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Executive
  • Management
  • Para-Professional
  • Professional

Analyzed By

  • Base Salary
  • Total Cash Compensation
  • Total Direct Compensation

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • National
  • Regional


  • Airline & Transportation
  • Consumer Products
  • High Technology
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Electronics
    • Energy (includes clean energy)
    • Manufacturing
    • Research and Development
    • Systems
    • Technical Services
  • Life Sciences
    • Agricultural
    • Animal Health
    • Biotechnology
    • Contract Healthcare Services
    • Medical Devices
    • Pharmaceutical

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
  • Material & Distribution
  • Procurement
  • Product Support
  • Sales
  • Security
  • Strategy & Planning

Industry Specific Job Families

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


Product Participant Non-Participant
2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Standard)* USD 7,100 N/A
2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Premium)** USD 10,500 N/A
2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Executive Survey*** USD 4,000 N/A
2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Sales Policies and Practices Survey USD 1,100 N/A
2017 US Mercer SIRS® – Medical Device Sales Compensation Survey        USD 1,450 N/A
2017 Puerto Rico Mercer SIRS Life Sciences Survey USD 1,800 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

***Executive - Additional User: USD 750

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: Varies by survey
  • Date Effective: April 1
  • Report Available: August

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.
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  • Short DescriptionAirline & Transportation, Consumer Products, High Tech & Life Sciences salary data.
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