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 two major industries (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 700+ 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. With this benchmark survey you can compare your talent strategy against 3,440 positions.

Are you ready to unlock your organization’s potential?
Survey Modules # of Positions Published # of Organizations
High Technology – STEM
1,948 217
Life Sciences 2,165 288

*Note: Table above is based off of 2021 SIRS Benchmark survey stats.

Participation open: March – May

Data effective: April 1

Results publish: September

2021 Results Available

  • 3,440 positions published
  • USD 11,000

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Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 5,855
  • # Positions Published: 3,440
  • # Organizations: 757
  • # Observations: 1,981,286

Based on data from the 2021 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


  • 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

  • Engineering & Sciences
  • Engineering & Sciences Support
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality

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

Participating Companies

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Position List & Sample Report

Position List

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Sample Report

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2021 US Mercer SIRS - Benchmark Survey (Premium) USD 11,000 N/A

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

2021 survey results are now available for purchase by survey participants. To learn more about becoming a participant, please contact us.

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.

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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