Total Remuneration Surveys (TRS)

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The Mercer Total Remuneration Surveys (TRS) provide comprehensive market data on compensation and benefits around the globe. These TRS results are published every year in more than 125 countries and are easily accessible through our online platform, Mercer WIN®, to help you optimize your compensation plans.

The primary focus of TRS is to provide market data for cross-industry jobs and industry specific data is also available through TRS industry supplements.

2017 Surveys are now open for participation
View our 2017 coverage and pricing for participant and non-participant organizations. If you are interested in buying 2016 surveys, click here.


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arrowWhy TRS?
consistency icon CONSISTENCY — The same methodologies are applied across our TRS in all countries, so you will have access to consistent data when analyzing the survey results within a country, region or even globally.
coverage icon COVERAGE — TRS gives you access to more than 400 cross-industry jobs and is available in more than 125 countries covering the full remuneration package. Industry specific data is also available through TRS Industry Supplements.
reliability icon RELIABILITY — Consistent participation each year which creates a solid representation of the market trends.
versatility icon VERSATILITY — Through Mercer WIN® you can conveniently analyze the survey results according to your particular needs, then conduct careful "what-if" analysis to instantly measure the competitiveness of your compensation strategy against the market.


arrowWhat Job Families Will You Find In TRS?

Mercer TRS covers more than 400 cross-industry jobs, from executives to para-professional level, in the following job families:

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Contact Center
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Project engineering
  • Quality
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Research and development
  • Sales and marketing
  • Supply and logistics


arrowWhat Remuneration Elements Are Analyzed?

Mercer's Total Remuneration Survey is made up of five components providing a complete picture of total remuneration data.


number 1 icon BASE SALARY
Annual base salary (Monthly base salary times the number of months guaranteed)
number 2 icon TOTAL GUARANTEED CASH COMPENSATION
Base salary plus the annualized value of guaranteed allowances
number 3 icon TOTAL CASH COMPENSATION
Total guaranteed cash compensation plus the annualized value of short-term incentive, sales incentive, profit sharing or other incentive awards
number 4 icon TOTAL DIRECT COMPENSATION
Total cash compensation plus the annualized value of any long-term incentive awards, valued using Black-Scholes methodology for appreciation-based awards
number 5 icon TOTAL REMUNERATION
Total direct compensation plus the annualized value of benefits


arrowWhat Do You Receive?

online access icon ONLINE ACCESS
The survey results are delivered through Mercer WIN®. This intuitive system allows you to easily create custom views, analyze data across markets simultaneously, create unlimited peer groups, refine the market, compare your data vs. the market*, combine jobs, export to Excel, and much more!
survey overview icon SURVEY OVERVIEW
An overview of the market pay trends relative to the prior year as well as a summary of the economic, political and labor trends in the selected country.
policy and practice icon POLICY & PRACTICE REPORT
Access a summary of organizations’ remuneration policies, which includes salary budget forecasts, compensation mix by employee groups, short-term and long-term incentive practices, as well as benefits.
actual market icon ACTUAL MARKET DATA
Determine which jobs are more competitive within the market with market analysis by job, inclusive of all remuneration values.
market regression icon MARKET REGRESSION AND RELATED POSITION CLASS REPORT
Mercer's International Position Evaluation (IPE) methodology for job evaluation allows organizations to analyze markets by their position class for each of the major components of total remuneration.
*(only available for participants)


arrowHow To Get Access To TRS Results?

To maintain a thorough and robust database that accurately reflects current compensation trends in the market, organizations are asked to provide their remuneration data and in return they receive a preferential price (or participant price) for the TRS results, which is significantly lower than the non-participant price.

Survey results may be purchased by organizations that do not submit data to the survey as well. The non-participant price will apply.



arrowWhat Do You Need To Be Considered A Participant?

To continue producing a survey with high quality data, participating organizations are expected to:

checkbox icon Submit data according to the survey schedule checkbox icon Respond to all the questions included in the Data Collection Kit (DCK)
checkbox icon Provide information for all compensation items collected (i.e.Base Salary, Guaranteed Payments, Short-Term Incentives, Long-Term Incentives and Benefits) checkbox icon Provide a good job match for the jobs submitted to the survey (when there is at least an 80% match between the organization’s job vs. the benchmark job description)
checkbox icon Report all policies applicable to the incumbents included in the survey. checkbox icon Report remuneration information by incumbent (not averages, midpoints, highs/lows, etc.)
checkbox icon Report a representative sample of the jobs in the organization, which means providing: (i) Jobs in all families (ii) Jobs in all levels of the organization (from Executive to Para-professional levels).    




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