US Mercer SIRS® – Survey Suite

Accurate, Reliable Compensation Data

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Whether you are competing in new spaces for talent, trying to establish fair pay for your employees, or making market adjustments to protect your workforce, salary data that will help you get pay right is essential to attracting and keeping the right people during a time of change.

The US Mercer Strategic Industry Rewards Solutions (SIRS®) Survey Suite provides the tools necessary to rejuvenate your talent strategy. Analyze your positions across 23 industry-specific and cross-industry job families. Apply the data in these surveys — from base pay and total cash compensation, to FLSA status and job titles — to learn exactly how to shape your rewards strategy. Benchmark your compensation offerings against all organizations, or narrow the data by:

  • Industry
  • Geographic location
  • Job Category (executive, management, administrative, technical/licensed, support)

These compensation metrics are available within five survey modules and concise, standard reports to ensure that you have the vital market data for the position(s) you need.

Ready to successfully position your organization during this time of change?

Survey Details At a Glance

Survey Modules # of Positions Surveyed # of Organizations
Benchmark - 1,099 675
Airline 435 20
Consumer Products 485 91
High Technology - STEM 687 216
Life Sciences 778 321
Medical Device Sales 15 112
Executive 137 256
Puerto Rico Life Sciences 120 42
Sales Policies & Practices 42 127
*Note: Table above is based off of 2018 SIRS survey stats.
Additional SIRS Reports
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • 2019 Participation
  • Survey Schedule
  • Ordering


Conducted for over 50 years, the SIRS Survey Suite incorporates key elements you need to develop and sustain a sound compensation strategy. This survey uses a 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: 1,236
  • # Positions Published: 1,115
  • # Organizations: 975
  • # Observations: 1,778,695
  • Based on data from the 2018 US Mercer SIRS® Survey Suite. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

    Data Collected

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

    Data Analyzed

    Job Categories Analyzed

    • Administrative
    • Executive
    • Management
    • Support
    • Technical/Licensed

    Geographic Area

    • Metropolitan Area
    • National
    • Regional


    • Airline & Transportation
    • Consumer Products
    • High Technology - STEM
      • 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
    • 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: Varies by survey
  • 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
    2019 US Mercer SIRS® – Executive Survey USD 4,400
    2019 US Mercer SIRS® – Sales Policies and Practices Survey USD 1,300
    2019 US Mercer SIRS® – Medical Device Sales Compensation Survey USD 1,600
    2019 Puerto Rico Mercer SIRS Life Sciences Survey USD 1,900

    Survey Schedule

    • Participation Opens: March 5
    • Participation Deadline: Varies by survey
    • Date Effective: April 1
    • Report Available: August


    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
    2018 US Mercer SIRS® – Executive Survey*** USD 4,200 N/A
    2018 US Mercer SIRS® – Sales Policies and Practices Survey USD 1,200 N/A
    2018 US Mercer SIRS® – Medical Device Sales Compensation Survey        USD 1,500 N/A
    2018 Puerto Rico Mercer SIRS Life Sciences Survey USD 1,850 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 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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    • Short DescriptionAirline & Transportation, Consumer Products, High Tech & Life Sciences salary data.
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