McLagan Rewards Surveys

We have been providing financial services firms with global, world-class compensation analytics for over 50 years.

A competitive total rewards program that attracts top talent and incentivizes the results you want to see starts with a firm understanding of market benchmarks.

Navigating today's complex compensation and regulatory environment can be challenging for any firm. The right market data and peer groups are critical to developing an effective compensation strategy that aligns with your business and talent strategies.

Our teams are equipped to assess your true competitive standing in the market to facilitate decisions around balancing your rewards mix in relation to your business strategy. While pay is not everything, it is a key lever in growing and retaining top talent.

 Learn about our sector-specific compensation intelligence





Asset management provides millions of people globally with the ability to invest in capital markets, including personal assets and assets managed on their behalf through retirement and related investment accounts. We support all major areas within the sector, covering both traditional and alternative asset management firms.

Banking and
Capital Markets

We partner with clients to drive performance through people performance, ensuring staff are motivated and rewarded in line with strategic, operational, and financial plans. We work across equities and fixed income sales and trading, research, corporate and investment banking, and investor services / transaction banking.


Our global commodities compensation data is the leading source of pay benchmarking for all firms active in the commodities trading markets. Our coverage includes energy / commodity firms, oil companies, and private trading houses and global investment banks. Insights span the full spectrum of commodities trading and risk management.


In an evolving industry, firms are challenged with how to compensate their employees. We deliver cutting-edge reward, performance, and staffing analytics to leading consulting firms across consultant, specialist, and support staff, positioning our clients to make strategic decisions based on the best and most comprehensive data available.


We cover clients engaged in providing products and services to consumers and small businesses through brand, internet, phone, and wholesale and broker channels. Our team has established a consistent methodology that includes coverage of business across sectors, including mortgage banking, retail banking, and credit cards.


Corporate banking is a key driver of economic and financing activity, providing capital and financial solutions to businesses. We support all major areas within the segment, including major and middle market corporate banking, commercial real estate, equipment finance, commercial finance, middle market leveraged lending, and aviation finance.


The dynamic landscape of the financial technology sector is drastically changing, with new competitors emerging and other undergoing mergers and acquisitions. This means that the race for talent is on and having the right data is essential to setting pay with confidence and attracting your next critical hire.

Financial Services

In an environment characterized by an increasing focus on cost, efficiency, and regulatory requirements, having the right market data is key in seeing the full picture. We provide the quantitative and qualitative measures and insights that are required for long-term strategic decisions for financial services infrastructure positions globally.


Ward Group is a dedicated team focused exclusively on the insurance industry. Armed with over 20 years of experience in the insurance sector and current market data, Ward Group conducts compensation surveys to help insurance organizations gauge the market and develop competitive HR practices and compensation plans.


As real estate businesses continue to recover from the global recession, we work with clients to understand critical emerging trend data for global and local real estate markets. Our team provides distinct solutions for Real Estate Investment Management, Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets, and Real Estate Brokerage and Services.

Regional and
Community Banking

We provide specialized expertise for regional & community banks and credit unions with assets under $35 billion that are looking to optimize their human capital strategy. Our consultants have specialized expertise to help firms understand competitive pay and the link between performance and employee reward.


Our wealth management team provides compensation intelligence to the largest global banks, as well as small regional and boutique organizations. We have a flexible framework that can be applied to multiple wealth management operating models in order to align with client business structures and the broad competitive landscape.

Financial Services

In addition to the wide range of financial services segments, our teams provide specialized expertise in compensation for financial guaranty and rating agencies and proprietary trading firms.