US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey

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The shrinking labor pool has certainly made things more competitive when it comes to hiring employees. Understanding pay levels for the positions in your region is critical for securing the talent your organization needs in all markets across the country.

The US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey collects compensation data for more than 4,300 positions in 19 different job families from 2,940 organizations. This data shows you exactly how much you should be paying your employees based on their position and your company’s compensation philosophy. Get the compensation data you need for your specific region(s):

  • North Central Region
  • Northeast Region
  • South Central Region
  • Southeast Region
  • West Coast Region
Are you ready for a competitive talent strategy?

Participation Open: February – April

Results Publish: Early August

2019 Results Available

  • 3,904 positions published
  • USD 975 – 2,100
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Sample report

Position list

  • Product Details
  • Pricing / Buy Now
  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Regions
  • Participating Companies
  • 2020 Survey Participation

Product Details

Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 4,396
  • # Positions Published: 3,904
  • # Organizations: 2,940
  • # Observations: 2,718,709

Based on data from the 2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

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


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

Data Analyzed

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • Regional

Organization Size

  • Assets
  • Gross Premiums
  • Net Revenue
  • Net Sales Revenue
  • Number of Employees
  • Operating Expenses/Budget

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Para-Professional
  • Professional

Position Families Analyzed

  • Administration, Facilities & Secretarial
  • Communications & Corporate Affairs
  • Creative & Design
  • Data Analytics/Warehousing, & Business Intelligence
  • Engineering & Science
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Healthcare/Pharmacy Services
  • Hospitality (Food Service & Lodging)
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • IT, Telecom & Internet
  • Legal, Compliance & Audit
  • Production & Skilled Trades
  • Project/Program Management
  • Quality Management
  • Real Estate Management, Property Development & Investment
  • Sales, Marketing & Product Management
  • Supply Chain

This survey is powered by Mercer Job Library. Learn more or view Mercer Job Library FAQs for more details. Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters.


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2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North Central Region USD 975 USD 2,100
2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North East Region USD 975 USD 2,100
2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South Central Region USD 975 USD 2,100
2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South East Region USD 975 USD 2,100
2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – West Coast Region USD 975 USD 2,100

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  • 2019 results now available for purchase.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: February 3
  • Participation Deadline: April 24
  • Date Effective: March 1
  • Report Available: Early August

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this survey.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey for a glimpse at what’s included.


regional breakdown of US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey


North Dakota
South Dakota
*West Virginia


New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
*West Virginia
Washington, D.C.


North Carolina
South Carolina
*West Virginia

South Central

New Mexico

West Coast


*State is split between regions

View a breakdown of the five geographical regions available in the US MBD Metropolitan Benchmark Survey here.

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2019 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey here.

2020 Survey Participation

2020 Survey Participation is now closed. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. 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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  • Short DescriptionSalary data for a broad cross-section of jobs within 5 US geographic regions.

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