US Mercer SIRS® – Benchmark Survey: Airline and Transportation Industry

The sky is the limit for your talent strategy

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Attention to detail is at the heart of the airline and transportation business. These details can be the difference between a positive or negative experience for your passengers and partners. This means attracting and keeping the top employees is vital to the success of your company.

The Mercer SIRS® Benchmark Survey – Airline and Transportation Industry module will help you design clear career paths across your organization. Learn exactly what to pay your employees with compensation data collected from 561 positions in the airline and transportation industry. From entry-level to lower executive-level jobs, benchmark your total direct compensation strategy across a variety of parameters, such as:

  • Base pay
  • Long-term incentive eligibility and grants
  • Salary range and grade
  • Short-term incentive eligibility and amounts
  • Sales incentive eligibility and grants
  • Total cash compensation
Are you ready to take your strategy to new heights?
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  • Survey Schedule
  • Position List
  • Participating Companies
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  • 2020 survey participation


This salary survey delivers compensation data for 159,228 employee observations from 22 organizations. With a focus on logistics as well as passenger and airfreight carriers, analyze the data across numerous industry-specific and cross-industry jobs.

This survey is built upon a time-tested, level, and logical salary benchmarking system that helps clients maximize the potential of their compensation strategy, regardless of organizational structure. The SIRS system assesses organizational structure against industry norms, evaluating for external competitiveness while highlighting issues of internal equity.

Delivered in fully customizable formats

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters — including geography, industry, company size, and more. Efficiently organize and analyze the information with Mercer WIN, which 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 (data also available as an Excel file).
  • Run presentation-quality detailed or summary reports.

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 Surveyed: 561
  • # Positions Published: 561
  • # Organizations: 22
  • # Observations: 159,228
  • Based on data from the 2019 US Mercer SIRS - Benchmark Survey: Airline and Transportation Industry. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

    ALL SIRS Benchmark Industries

  • # Positions Surveyed: 1,105
  • # Positions Published: 1,105
  • # Organizations: 631
  • # Observations: 1,929,464
  • Based on data from the 2019 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

    Job Categories Analyzed

    • Administrative
    • Management
    • Support
    • Technical/Licensed

    Geographic Area

    • Metropolitan Area
    • National
    • Regional

    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 Schedule

    • Participation Opens: March 16
    • Participation Deadline: May 1
    • Date Effective: April 1
    • Report Available: August

    Position List

    View the position list included in this survey.

    Participating Companies

  • Air Canada (US)
  • Air Methods Corporation
  • Alaska Airlines, Inc.
  • All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
  • American Airlines Group, Inc.
  • Atlas Air, Inc.
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Envoy Air, Inc.
  • FedEx Corporation - FedEx Express
  • Frontier Airlines, Inc.
  • Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
  • Horizon Air
  • J.D. Irving, Ltd. - Midland
  • J.D. Irving, Ltd. - Transportation and Logistics
  • Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
  • JetBlue Airways Corporation
  • NetJets, Inc.
  • Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.
  • Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Spirit Airlines, Inc.
  • United Continental Holdings, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service, Inc. - Airlines
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    2019 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.

    2020 survey participation

    2020 Survey Participation is now closed. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is required to purchase results. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

    • 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.
    • The ability to see your data aligned with the market when results are produced in Mercer WIN®, our interactive product delivery platform. Mercer WIN also gives you the ability to create custom reports and peer groups to see how you compare to other companies
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