Mercer Hourly Pay Database

Confidently determine competitive hourly compensation

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Does it feel like you are in a never-ending bidding war for hourly employees? Are you struggling to grow your workforce as the labor market shrinks? Hourly workers are in high demand and short supply, forcing many companies to respond by increasing pay. Understanding market demand and pay for the skills you need, in the location you need them, is your critical first step toward winning the battle for elusive hourly workers.

The Mercer Hourly Pay Database gives you access to an entire library of jobs aggregated from across Mercer’s leading general and industry compensation surveys, providing you with hourly compensation data for over 4,000 positions! Unrivaled by other sources on the market, this database represents over 4,900 companies and almost 8.1 million incumbents from across industries, all neatly packaged into a proprietary online tool that allows you to customize searches and scenarios based on your needs. Featuring job family, job sub-family, and job description details, get easy access to important compensation elements.

The Year-Over-Year Trends Report is available for download in the Tool, and provides insight into base salary and total cash compensation changes for same incumbents, same jobs at the same organizations, and overall samples.

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Survey Statistics

  • # Positions: 4,058
  • # Organizations: 4,912
  • # Observations: 8,082,120

Based on data from the 2023 Mercer Hourly Pay Database.

Mercer Hourly Pay Database is aggregated from these leading compensation surveys:

  • Contact Center and Customer Service Compensation Survey
  • Financial Services Suite
  • Healthcare System & Hospital Compensation Suite
  • Mercer Benchmark Database
  • Mining Industry Survey Suite
  • Mercer Total Compensation Survey for the Energy Sector
  • Pharmacy Compensation Survey
  • Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey
  • Mercer SIRS® - Survey Suite

Compensation Items Reported

  • Hourly pay rate
  • Annual base salary
  • Short-term and sales incentive – actual amount and as a percent of base pay
  • Short-term and sales incentive – target as a percent of base pay
  • Short-term and sales incentive – eligibility & receivership
  • Total cash – actual and target
  • Union status percentage
  • Minimum wage data for states, counties, CBSAs and cities that differs from the national minimum wage

Filters/Scopes Available

  • Work context (i.e., deals with external customers, exposed to hazardous conditions/equipment, works indoors/outdoors, etc.)
  • Mercer Job Library – family, sub-family, specialization, level
  • Job title
  • Industry – super sector, sector
  • Location – state, CBSA, City, zip code
  • Union status


2023 Mercer Hourly Pay Database + Hourly Employees Policies and Practices Survey USD 7,500

With your Hourly Pay Database purchase you will also receive the 2023 US Hourly Employees Policies and Practices Survey for free.

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  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • Access for up to 5 users is included with your purchase.
  • 2023 results now available.

Participating Companies

View a list of participating companies included in the Mercer Hourly Pay Database.

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