US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database

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Reevaluating rewards strategies is a priority for many companies as they look to secure key talent, identify equity issues, and make smart investments with salary budgets. Having reliable, relevant market data to inform your pay insights is essential for making compensation strategy decisions giving you a competitive advantage.

Representing a broad range of industries, the US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database delivers current insights on pay for your employees across skill levels and career streams — from roles that entail traditional compensation benchmarks to emerging positions — with data organized into nine functional modules. Regional compensation benchmarking reports are also available with professional and para-professional roles for five metropolitan areas.

Harness valuable, reliable compensation benchmarking data for thousands of jobs found in Mercer's most popular salary survey.

Participation open: March - May

Results publish: August

2021 Results Available

  • 5,684 positions published
  • USD 9,900 – 21,800
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Position list

Survey Modules # of Positions Published # of Organizations
Corporate Services & HR 973 2,983
Engineering and Design 811 2,175
Executive 974 2,489
Finance, Accounting, and Legal 1,027 2,887
Mercer/Gartner IT 1,157 2,683
Logistics and Supply Chain 505 2,389
Manufacturing and Operations 568 2,025
Sales, Marketing, and Communications 947 2,720
Metropolitan Benchmark 3,196 3,165

Note: Table above is based off of 2021 compensation survey stats

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Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 9,679
  • # Positions Published: 5,684
  • # Organizations: 3,271
  • # Observations: 4,884,281

Based on data from the 2021 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

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

Geographic Area

  • National
  • Metropolitan
  • Regional

Organizational Size

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

Career Streams Analyzed

  • Executive
  • Management
  • Professional
  • Para-Professional

Position Families Analyzed

  • Administration, Facilities & Secretarial
  • Communications & Corporate Affairs
  • Construction
  • Creative & Design
  • Data Analytics/Warehousing & Business Intelligence
  • Engineering & Science
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Healthcare/Pharmacy Services
  • Hospitality (Food Service & Lodging)
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • IT, Telecom & Intranet
  • Legal, Compliance & Audit
  • Production & Skilled Trades
  • Project/Program Management
  • Quality Management
  • Real Estate Management, Property Development & Investment
  • Sales, Marketing & Product Management
  • Supply Chain

This survey is powered by Mercer Job Library. Learn more or view Mercer Job Library FAQs for more details. Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN® , giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters.


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2021 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Excluding Manufacturing) USD 9,900 USD 19,800
2021 US MBD: Mercer Benchmark Database Survey Suite (Including Manufacturing) USD 10,900 USD 21,800

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  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2021 results are now available for purchase.

Survey Schedule

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

Participating Companies

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

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this HR compensation benchmarking database to optimize your ongoing talent strategy and job evaluation efforts.

Sample Report

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2021 Participation

2021 survey participation is now closed. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. Survey participation is open to all organizations and is not required to purchase results.

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.
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive participant-only events.

To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us.

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  • Sub TitleGet the data you need to reward your greatest asset—your people
  • Short DescriptionSalary data for positions common across all industries; 13 modules available.

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