US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey

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Your employees are at the heart of everything you do. As an HR leader, shape your business with an effective compensation strategy that motivates and attracts the right talent. A reliable, relevant source for market data is essential to making salary decisions with confidence.

Covering four major industries (Airline and Transportation, Consumer Products, High Technology– STEM, and Life Sciences), the Benchmark Survey is the foundation of the SIRS Survey Suite. Evaluate and create competitive compensation plans with market data collected from 600+ organizations, ranging from entry-level to first-level executive.

Use the data to analyze cross-industry and industry-specific jobs present in most organizations as well as unparalleled coverage for highly specialized scientific and technical jobs. Benchmark your talent strategy against 3,651 positions.

Current, reliable data
In light of the economic and workforce changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercer conducted a “data refresh” in August 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 reflect the market.

Are you ready to unlock your organization’s potential?
Survey Modules # of Positions Published # of Organizations
Airline & Transportation 233 19
Consumer Products 850 94
High Technology – STEM
2,050 214
Life Sciences 2,484 284

*Note: Table above is based off of 2020 SIRS Benchmark survey stats.

Participation open: March – May

Results publish: September


2020 Results Available

  • 3,651 positions published
  • USD 10,500

Sample report

Position list

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Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 4,859
  • # Positions Published: 3,651
  • # Organizations: 635
  • # Observations: 1,715,092

Based on data from the 2020 US Mercer SIRS® – 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
  • Job Titles
  • Long-term Incentive Eligibility and Grants
  • Organization Data
  • Salary Range and Grade
  • Short-term Incentive Eligibility and Amounts
  • Sales Incentive Eligibility and Grants
  • Total Cash Compensation

Data Analyzed

Employee Categories

  • Administrative
  • Management
  • Support
  • Technical/Licensed

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan Area
  • National
  • Regional

Industries

  • Airline & Transportation
  • Consumer Products
  • High Technology
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Electronics
    • Energy
    • Manufacturing
    • Research and Development
    • Systems
    • Technical Services
  • Life Sciences
    • Agricultural
    • Animal Health
    • Biotechnology
    • Contract Healthcare Services
    • Medical Devices
    • Pharmaceutical

Benchmark Families Analyzed

Cross Industry Job Families

  • Administrative Services
  • Communications
  • Contracts
  • Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Legal & Regulatory
  • Library Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Security
  • Strategy & Planning
  • Supply Chain
  • Technical Product Support

Industry Specific Job Families

  • Airline Operations
  • Airport Operations
  • Engineering & Sciences
  • Engineering & Sciences Support
  • Flight
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters.

2021 Survey Participation

Data Submission Tools

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Job Matching Booklet

Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs. To participate, click the ‘participate now’ link above and follow the steps provided. Rest assured that the importance of your data security is not taken lightly at Mercer, so we take the utmost precautions to protect it.

What's new in 2021

Data for this survey will be collected through Mercer Data Connector, an innovative online platform created to simplify the participation process with easy data importing, real-time data validation, and more.

Also new this year is Mercer Job Library, a comprehensive job catalog that provides you with improved job descriptions for more accurate position matches, clearer relationships between jobs, additional specializations, and consistent job codes across all markets.

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.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive participant-only events.

2021 survey schedule

  • Participation opens: March 1
  • Participation closes: May 14
  • Results available: September

Note: we will not extend participation past the close date. Please contact us to learn more about our participation services to ensure you meet the deadline.


Participation Webinar

Attend a participation webinar or watch a recording to better understand the submission process and the survey data that is collected.

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2021 survey pricing

Product Participant
2021 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Standard) USD $9,000
2021 US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey (Premium) USD $11,000
SIRS survey results are available for purchase by survey participants only.

Survey Schedule

  • Participation open: March 1
  • Participation deadline: May 14
  • Date Effective: April 1
  • Results publish: September

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in this survey here.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list included in this benchmark survey.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey to see what's included .

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Product Participant Non-Participant
2020 US Mercer SIRS - Benchmark Survey (Premium) USD 10,500 N/A

Please note:
Base price includes two users; additional users may be added at additional rates - USD 1,250 per user / Additional Custom Report: USD 1,450. Pricing may vary for multi-entity organizations.

The Premium Option (Benchmark Survey):

  • Unlimited peer groups
  • Access to all industry and sub-industry cuts
  • All geographic locations including city and state
  • Market selections including revenue, headcount, organization ownership, and more
  • Full analytical flexibility to combine/create statistics based on any query or filter

Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.

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