US New Graduate Pay and Student Hiring Rates Survey

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Whether it’s hiring new graduates or bringing on undergraduate students for internships and co-ops, recruitment and retention can be challenging in today’s tight labor market. To gain the upper-hand, you need in-depth insights on how to competitively compensate the next wave of talent entering the workforce.

Make strategic HR decisions, with regards to young talent, using the US New Graduate Pay and Student Hiring Rates Survey. Get your starting pay right, with compensation data across nine degree types and 15 discipline types. Gain valuable insights into the top recruitment and compensation trends with data from 136 organizations from across the country. Evaluate your talent strategy by comparing:

  • New graduate salaries
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Intern pay rates
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns
Do you have the data necessary to better position your workforce for the future?

Participation open: June – July

Results publish: September

2019 Results Available

  • 136 organizations
  • USD 595 – 1,785
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Survey Statistics

  • # Organizations: 136

Based on data from the 2019 US New Graduate Pay and Student Hiring Rates Survey

Data Collected

  • Annual starting salaries for new graduates
  • Hourly rates for co-op students
  • Hourly rates for summer interns
  • Tuition reimbursement or assistance for co-op students and summer interns

Data Analyzed

Types of Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)/Bachelor in Commerce (BCom)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng/BSc Eng)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc)
  • Community College Diploma/Associates Degree
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)


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


  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business/Finance
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics

Position Families Analyzed

  • Co-op students
  • New graduates
  • Summer interns

Want to understand new graduate trends in Canada? Access the Canada New Graduate Pay and Student Hiring Rates Survey for key insights.

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

2020 survey participation

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What's New in 2020

To adjust to the market, the 2020 edition of the survey will be called New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey. We're collecting new survey data, which includes:

  • Perks that best retain Generation Z
  • Perk families that are most important to Generation Z
  • Perks that Generation Z finds most valuable

To participate in the survey, simply complete, and submit the questionnaire provided above. You can rest assured that the importance of your data security is not taken lightly at Mercer, so we take the utmost precautions to protect it. Want to understand New Graduate and Generation Z trends in Canada? Access the Canada New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey for key insights.

2020 survey participation is now open!

Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. Please submit your completed questionnaire before the deadline to participate in the 2020 survey.

Although organizations are not required to participate in the survey in order to purchase results, participants enjoy these key benefits:

  • Discounted survey results
  • Exclusive invitations to attend webcasts and meetings in which Mercer consultants review survey results and field questions related directly to your organization
  • Inclusion in survey results allows you to easily determine your market position

2020 survey schedule

  • Participation opens: June 15
  • Participation closes: July 17
  • Results available: September

Participation Webcasts

Attend a participation webcast to better understand the submission process and the survey data that is collected.

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2020 survey pricing

2020 US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey – USD 595

2020 US New Graduate and Generation Z Compensation Survey – USD 1,785


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  • 2019 results now available.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: June 15
  • Participation Deadline: July 17
  • Report Available: September

Participating Companies

  • Adventist Health System
  • Air Liquide
  • Alliant Energy
  • Amadeus North America
  • American Axle Manufacturing
  • American International Group
  • AmerisourceBergen
  • Amgen
  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company
  • Anchor Glass Container Corporation
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Arkema
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Badger Meter
  • Bechtel
  • Belk
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Blue Diamond Growers
  • BlueCross BlueShield Association
  • BMW Manufacturing Co.
  • Brooks Automation
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • C&J Energy Services
  • CarMax
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Central Arizona Project
  • CFA Institute
  • Charah Solutions
  • Chubb Limited
  • Church Pension Group Services
  • Cohesity
  • Covance
  • Covestro
  • Crowe
  • CSL Behring
  • CTB
  • Eagle Mine
  • Eisai
  • Elbit Systems of America
  • Elliott Company
  • ENGIE North America
  • Entegris
  • Evonik
  • Exelon
  • Experian Americas
  • Fanatics Retail Group
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Fidelity National Information Services
  • First Data
  • First United Bank and Trust
  • Flextronics
  • Forest City Trading Group
  • Franciscan Alliance
  • Fresenius Kabi USA
  • Froedtert Health
  • GE Appliances, a Haier Company
  • General Motors Company - General Motors Financial Company
  • GNY Insurance Companies
  • Greenheck Fan
  • Halliburton
  • Hamilton Beach Brands
  • Hatch
  • Hitachi Vantara
  • Husky Energy
  • Ingram Barge Company
  • Inmar
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kia Motors America
  • Kohl's
  • Lennox International
  • Lifetime Healthcare Companies - Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Lincoln Electric Holdings
  • Logitech
  • Lube-Tech
  • Madison Square Garden Company
  • Magna International of America
  • Manulife/John Hancock
  • Marcum
  • Marriott International
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Matrix Service Company
  • Meggitt Defense Systems
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Merck & Co.
  • Motiva Enterprises
  • NCCI Holdings
  • NCR
  • Nestle USA
  • Owens-Illinois
  • PepsiCo
  • Pernod Ricard USA
  • Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  • Podium
  • Privilege Underwriters
  • ProAssurance
  • Rackspace US
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Regions Financial
  • Ridgewood Savings Bank
  • Robinhood Markets
  • Rocket Software
  • RTI International
  • Sanford Health
  • Shure
  • Siemens
  • Smiths Medical
  • Sonepar - Vallen Distribution
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Spirax Sarco, US
  • Spire
  • Square
  • SRS Distribution
  • Stantec
  • Sun Life Financial U.S.
  • Surmodics
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • The Doe Run Company
  • The Estee Lauder Companies
  • The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • The Greenbrier Companies
  • The MathWorks
  • The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Toyota Motors North America
  • United Continental Holdings
  • US-Tetra Pak
  • Valero Energy
  • Veolia North America
  • Verizon Communications
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • WellStar Health System
  • West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
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    • Short DescriptionStarting salaries for new graduate hires, co-op students, and interns.

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