US Compensation Policies & Practices

Go beyond the paycheck to enhance your compensation strategy

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Balancing the multi-faceted demands of employees can make attracting, keeping, and motivating talent complex. Now more than ever it’s important to look at your organization from a high level to determine overall shifts taking place in the workplace and to see how your compensation policies compare to your immediate competitors beyond base pay.

Strengthen your organization’s compensation strategy with key inputs from the US Compensation Policies & Practices survey. Use the data to analyze your strategy by employee groups and revenue size across 13 industries. Enhance your compensation policies and practices with critical data from 430 companies across the country regarding key topics, such as:

  • Car policies
  • Overtime
  • Paid time-off (PTO)
  • Perquisites
  • Work arrangements
Are you ready to take your compensation strategy to the next level?

Participation open: June-July

Results publish: December

2020/2021 results available

  • 430 organizations
  • USD 300 – 4,350
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Survey Statistics

  • # Organizations: 430

Based on data from the 2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data Collected

  • Business Continuity
  • Car Policies
  • Compensation Management
  • Continuing Education
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Harassment Policies
  • Hiring / Retention / Separation
  • Managing Multi-Generational Workforces
  • Maternity and Parental leave
  • On-call Pay
  • Overtime
  • Paid time-off (PTO)
  • Performance Management
  • Perquisites
  • Shift Premiums
  • Work arrangements

Data Analyzed


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

Analyzed by:

  • Employee Groups
  • Revenue Size

This is a biennial survey featuring 2020/2021 data. Survey results are available as a national report or you may select a detailed report, which includes data scoped by industry and revenue. Interested in policy and practice data within Canada? Check out the Canada Compensation Policies & Practices survey, to further enhance your compensation strategy.

Survey results are delivered in a published PDF format to your account under My Downloads.


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2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices: National Report – Single Section USD 300 USD 900
2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices: National Report – 5 Section Bundle USD 650 USD 1,950
2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices: National Report – All Sections USD 950 USD 2,850
2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices: Detailed Report – Single Section USD 425 USD 1,275
2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices: Detailed Report – 5 Section Bundle USD 975 USD 2,925
2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices: Detailed Report – All Sections USD 1,450 USD 4,350

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US Compensation Policies & Practices

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  • Detailed Reports include National Data plus revenue, ownership, and industry scopes.
  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2020/2021 survey results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: June 15
  • Participation Deadline: July 24
  • Report Available: December

This is a biennial survey. The next participation year and survey release is planned for 2022.


Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2020/2021 US Compensation Policies & Practices survey here.

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Sample Report

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