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 Metropolitan Benchmark Survey portion of the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database contains data for more than 3,100 positions in 19 different job families from 3,165 organizations. This data shows you exactly how much you should be paying your employees based on their position and your company’s compensation philosophy. Use this survey as part of your salary benchmarking tools, to get the compensation data you need for your specific region(s), such as:

  • North Central Region
  • Northeast Region
  • South Central Region
  • Southeast Region
  • West Coast Region


Are you ready for a competitive talent strategy?

Participation open: March - May

Results publish: August

2021 Results Available

  • 3,196 positions published
  • USD 1,100 – 2,200
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Position list

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

Product Details

Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 5,056
  • # Positions Published: 3,196
  • # Organizations: 3,165
  • # Observations: 4,158,048

Based on data from the 2021 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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2021 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North Central Region USD 1,100 USD 2,365
2021 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – North East Region USD 1,100 USD 2,365
2021 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South Central Region USD 1,100 USD 2,365
2021 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – South East Region USD 1,100 USD 2,365
2021 US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey – West Coast Region USD 1,100 USD 2,365

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US MBD: Metropolitan Benchmark Survey

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  • 2021 results now available.

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 metropolitan survey.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this metro benchmark 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

Use the data within this survey to salary benchmark your positions against your peers. View a list of the participating companies included in the survey here.

2021 Participation

2021 survey participation is now closed. 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 and is not required to purchase results.

Why should you participate?

  • Align your pay to the market.
  • Maximize your budget by making informed decisions to ensure you are not overpaying or underpaying.
  • Identify “hot jobs” and areas of focus for your company.
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive participant-only events.

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

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  • Sub TitleEvaluate your talent strategy
  • Short DescriptionSalary data for a broad cross-section of jobs within 5 US geographic regions.

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