US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database

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The ability to attract and retain top talent can be the difference between your company's success or your competitor’s. The US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database is the most comprehensive and trusted general industry database for evaluating and creating competitive compensation plans for your unique compensation strategy.

US MBD covers over 1,500 positions from hundreds of organizations, with HR metrics and data derived from over 2.5 million employees. The vast compensation data within these salary surveys allows you to choose specific HR metrics for the exact position for which you need to compare or benchmark.

Find HR compensation intel that’s relevant to only the functions you need most by purchasing them in the form of individual modules. You can also subscribe to the entire database, thereby gaining access to the most comprehensive HR metrics available for your compensation benchmarking efforts. As a full MBD subscriber, your survey modules are combined into a single online tool that allows you to blend positions, run a single report template across positions, compare your organization's data to market data across salary survey modules, and export results from a wide array of positions at one time.

Survey Details At a Glance

The Mercer Benchmark Database includes the following survey modules:

Engineering and Design

176 positions
1,675 organizations


251 positions
2,540 organizations

Finance, Accounting, and Legal

197 positions
2,543 organizations

Human Resources

146 positions
2,418 organizations

Mercer/Gartner IT

484 positions
2,259 organizations

Logistics and Supply Chain

112 positions
2,065 organizations


135 positions
1,980 organizations

Sales, Marketing, & Communications

256 positions
2,332 organizations

Metropolitan Benchmark

429 positions
2,808 organizations

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  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Pricing
  • Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Participating Companies
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • 2018 Participation


What's New in 2018

This survey will move to the new Mercer Job Library in 2018. This comprehensive new job catalog provides you with improved job descriptions for more accurate position matches, clearer relationships between jobs, more specializations, and much more. Read the client announcement for details on why we’re making this change and what it means to you or visit the Mercer Job Library FAQs page for more details.

With the move to the Mercer Job Library, the 2018 US MBD: Survey Suite now contains base pay, incentive, and total direct compensation data for over 740 specializations covering 7,000+ positions across the country, allowing you to further enhance your your compensation strategy.

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 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, and run presentation-quality detailed or summary reports. The data is available as an excel file for export from within Mercer WIN as well.

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: 1,546
  • # Organizations: 1,561
  • # Observations: 2,596,555

Based on data from the 2017 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database

Data Collected

  • Base Pay
  • FLSA Status
  • Long-term Incentive Eligibility and Grants
  • Organization Data
  • Short-term Incentive Eligibility and Amounts
  • Years in Organization
  • Years in Position

Data Analyzed


  • Banking/Finanical Services
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Goods
  • Energy
  • High Tech
  • Insurance/Reinsurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • Mining & Metals
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other Non-Manufacturing
  • Retail & Wholesale
  • Services (Non-Finanical)
  • Transportation Equipment

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan
  • National
  • Regional


  • Assets
  • Gross Premiums
  • Net Revenue
  • Operating Expenses/Budget
  • Revenue/Sales
  • Total Employment

Position Families Analyzed

  • Administration
  • Customer Service/Call Center
  • Communications
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Knowledge Management
  • Marketing
  • Quality
  • Research and Development
  • Sales
  • Supply and Logistics
  • Top Management


Product Participant Non-Participant
2017 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Excluding Manufacturing) USD 8,750 USD 18,700
2017 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Including Manufacturing) USD 9,500 USD 20,000

Additional MBD users: USD 1,000
Additional MBD with Manufacturing users: USD 1,200

Additional buying options are available. Call us to learn how you can lock in rates for two or more years and qualify for additional discounts.

Please note:

  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2018 results will be available for purchase in August.

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Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: January 25
  • Participation Deadline: March 30
  • Date Effective: March 1
  • Report Available: Early August

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2017 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database here.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this HR compensation survey to optimize your ongoing compensation and benchmarking efforts.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey to see what's included, and learn how easy it is to streamline your salary benchmarking efforts.

2018 Participation

2018 Survey Participation is now closed. View the Survey Schedule tab for your next opportunity to participate. 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.
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  • Sub TitleLeverage salary comparisons, retention data, and more, to benchmark the ideal compensation strategy.
  • Short DescriptionThe premier general industry compensation database with 13 modules to select from.