2016 Human Capital Benchmarking Report

November 1, 2016

​SHRM’s annual human capital benchmarking survey collects data from SHRM members on their organizations’ practices related to tuition reimbursement, compensation, retirement, succession planning, management responsibility and many other metrics. The report, which is based on the findings from the survey, provides an in-depth analysis of key metrics from SHRM’s human capital metrics database. This database of 1,700 organizations, updated annually, offers a unique perspective into the underpinnings of HR practices and their strategic impact on successful organizational outcomes.

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Key findings include:

  • Sixty-one percent of employers offered tuition reimbursement. The average maximum reimbursement allowed for tuition/education expenses per year was approximately $4,000.
  • The average annual salary increase was 2.7% each year. The average target bonus percentage for nonexecutives was 4.7% compared with 10.2% for executives.
  • Among companies that offered a 401(k), 403(b) or similar plan (92%), an average of 66% of employees participated. The average maximum employer match was 6%.
  • One-third of companies (34%) had a succession plan. The positions most commonly included in an organization’s succession plan included the executive team (76%), senior management (71%) and middle management (46%).
  • Employees in middle-management positions had the highest number of direct reports (a median of 8 direct reports) compared with those at the executive level (a median of 5 direct reports).


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