US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey

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Although salary increases may have slowed given current conditions, evaluating your rewards strategy and comparing your employee’s pay to the market is still critical to ensure you are allocating resources appropriately. Understand pay levels for the positions in your region to secure 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 3,086 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

Current, reliable data
In light of the economic and workforce changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercer conducted a “data refresh” in July to address any market movement that occurred after the initial survey participation period. You will receive the results of the refresh free with your purchase. This added step to ensure you have access to the most current, reliable data means you can move forward confidently with your pay decisions knowing that your data accurately reflects the market.

Are you ready for a competitive talent strategy?

Participation open: March - May

Results publish: August

2020 Results Available

  • 2,680 positions published
  • USD 1,025 – 2,200
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Position list

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  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Regions
  • Participating Companies
  • 2021 Survey Participation

Product Details

Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 4,372
  • # Positions Published: 2,680
  • # Organizations: 3,086
  • # Observations: 2,894,880

Based on data from the 2020 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.


Product Participant Non-Participant
2020 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North Central Region USD 1,025 USD 2,200
2020 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North East Region USD 1,025 USD 2,200
2020 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South Central Region USD 1,025 USD 2,200
2020 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South East Region USD 1,025 USD 2,200
2020 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – West Coast Region USD 1,025 USD 2,200

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  • Additional users may be added during checkout for USD 200 each per module/survey.
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  • 2020 results are available for purchase and will be delivered upon survey release (mid-August).

Survey Schedule

  • Participation open: March 1
  • Participation deadline: May 14
  • Date Effective: March 1
  • Results publish: 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 2020 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey here.

2021 Survey Participation

2021 survey participation opens soon! The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results.

Why should you participate?

  • A discount on survey results! Survey participants lock-in preferred pricing with data submission.
  • Receive an exclusive invitation to survey events, including results webinars 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 see the go-forward state and determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.

To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us.

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  • Short DescriptionSalary data for a broad cross-section of jobs within 5 US geographic regions.

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