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Making your company and your jobs more attractive in today's hyper-competitive labor market starts with reliable and relevant compensation data. When you're trying to understand where you need to focus your budget, and on what jobs; getting pay right is essential to be considered by potential candidates as well as keeping your current employees.

Built on over 20 years of experience and a broad range of industries, the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database delivers salary survey data organized into nine functional modules providing you a one-stop shop for current and trusted industry insights. Enhance your talent strategy with information across skill levels and career streams, from traditional roles to emerging positions. With employee compensation data from 5.6 million incumbents, you can confidently assess your rewards strategy more efficiently and effectively, giving you the competitive edge for talent.

Harness valuable, reliable compensation benchmarking data for thousands of jobs in Mercer's most comprehensive salary survey.
Survey Modules # of Positions Published # of Organizations
Corporate Services & HR 992 2,982
Engineering and Design 887 2,281
Executive 1,051 2,598
Finance, Accounting, and Legal 1,128 2,969
Mercer/Gartner IT 1,213 2,763
Logistics and Supply Chain 526 2,477
Manufacturing and Operations 581 2,154
Sales, Marketing, and Communications 992 2,803
Metropolitan Benchmark 3,333 3,125

Note: Table above is based off of 2022 compensation survey stats

Participation open: March - May

Data effective: April 1

Results publish: August

2022 Results Available

  • 6,002 positions published
  • USD 10,600 – 23,400
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  • 2018 Participation


What's New in 2018

This survey will move to the new Mercer Job Library in 2018. This comprehensive new job catalog provides you with improved job descriptions for more accurate position matches, clearer relationships between jobs, more specializations, and much more. Read the client announcement for details on why we’re making this change and what it means to you or visit the Mercer Job Library FAQs page for more details.

With the move to the Mercer Job Library, the 2018 US MBD: Survey Suite now contains base pay, incentive, and total direct compensation data for over 740 specializations covering 7,000+ positions across the country, allowing you to further enhance your your compensation strategy.

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN® giving you access to the data through a variety of parameters – including geography, industry, company size, and more – to more efficiently organize and analyze the information. Mercer WIN enables you to compare job descriptions side by side, change pay elements to support the right level of analysis, perform function and career-level analysis, export your data for integration into other systems, and run presentation-quality detailed or summary reports. The data is available as an excel file for export from within Mercer WIN as well.

Salary Survey Methodology

Mercer surveys are designed using the most accurate and up-to-date market data practices. Data is collected from HR professionals at participating organizations and then analyzed for validity, thoroughness, and market representation based on the organization's size, structure, geographic region, or a combination of these factors. A minimum number of incumbents, organizations, and distinct organizations are required in order to report each data element. If minimums are not met, the market data is suppressed, ensuring you the highest level of data confidentiality.

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Survey Statistics

  • # Positions: 1,546
  • # Organizations: 1,561
  • # Observations: 2,596,555

Based on data from the 2017 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database

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

Data Analyzed


  • Banking/Finanical Services
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Goods
  • Energy
  • High Tech
  • Insurance/Reinsurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • Mining & Metals
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other Non-Manufacturing
  • Retail & Wholesale
  • Services (Non-Finanical)
  • Transportation Equipment

Geographic Area

  • Metropolitan
  • National
  • Regional


  • Assets
  • Gross Premiums
  • Net Revenue
  • Operating Expenses/Budget
  • Revenue/Sales
  • Total Employment

Position Families Analyzed

  • Administration
  • Customer Service/Call Center
  • Communications
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Knowledge Management
  • Marketing
  • Quality
  • Research and Development
  • Sales
  • Supply and Logistics
  • Top Management


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Survey Schedule

  • Participation Opens: January 25
  • Participation Deadline: March 30
  • Date Effective: March 1
  • Report Available: Early August

Participating Companies

View a list of the participating companies included in the 2017 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database here.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this HR compensation survey to optimize your ongoing compensation and benchmarking efforts.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey to see what's included, and learn how easy it is to streamline your salary benchmarking efforts.

2018 Participation

2018 Survey Participation is now closed. View the Survey Schedule tab for your next opportunity to participate. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results. To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

  • A discount on survey results!
  • An exclusive invitation to survey events - attend results webcasts and meetings where Mercer consultants will review the results and identify market trends and factors. You'll also be able to ask questions directly related to your organization.
  • Ensure your data is included in the market results - easily determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.
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