What You Get

We offer a rich employee experience full of opportunities to make your mark and be rewarded for your achievements. Read on to learn more about what we expect from our employees and what we offer in return. 

Working at CME Group provides more than a paycheck. Employees benefit from a total rewards program that is market competitive, emphasizes performance and helps us attract and retain the industry's highest achievers. Supporting our employees in every stage of their lives and careers is an important way we show how much we value the contributions they make to the business.


Our compensation programs align employee rewards with shareholder interests and emphasize our pay-for-performance philosophy.

In addition to market competitive base pay, all employees are eligible for short-term incentives in the form of our annual bonus program, which is tied to achievement of the company’s financial goals and strong individual performance. We also offer a spot bonus program to reward employees who make exceptional contributions to the business throughout the year.

We believe in aligning our employees with the company’s performance over the long term. All employees are eligible for long-term incentives that allow them to share in the value they help create for our shareholders, and complement their base pay and annual bonus compensation. Through our broad-based equity program, employees at more senior levels are eligible for annual equity awards, while all other employees are eligible for discretionary equity awards based on individual performance. In addition, we offer employees the opportunity to purchase CME Group stock at a discount through our employee stock purchase plan.


Around the globe, we offer a wide range of benefits designed to support our employees’ health and well-being, retirement needs, professional development, and work/life balance.

Paid Time Off / Vacation

CME Group offers a competitive time off program (a PTO program in the U.S. and a traditional vacation and sick program for international employees) in addition to a generous holiday schedule.

Flexible Work Model

At CME Group, we value our employees’ work/life balance. We are proud to offer a flexible work model that enables employees to work with their managers to set a weekly schedule of in-office days and work from home days that works for their needs and the needs of the business. While not all roles are conducive to remote work, most colleagues are able to take advantage of this flexibility.

Continuous Learning

CME Group employees are part of a learning organization.  We are committed to ensuring that everyone who works here has the resources and support they need to succeed in their jobs, understand developing trends in the marketplace and achieve their career aspirations.

In addition to learning on the job by performing challenging work and collaborating with smart people, we provide a variety of benefits to help employees grow their expertise, including tuition reimbursement for continuing education costs. Additionally, we offer onsite professional development training courses, access to external seminars and technical skills training, as well as an integrated series of leadership development programs to prepare employees for each stage of their careers.

Other Benefits

CME Group recognizes the importance of taking care of your mental and emotional well-being.  We offer a mental health benefit to ensure our employees and their families have access to confidential and best-in-class mental health support how, when and where it’s needed most.  With support options including therapy, coaching and unlimited access to a self-care app and online resources, this benefit can help members navigate issues like stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship challenges and much more. 

The mental health benefit also provides legal, financial, identity theft, and dependent care services to assist you and your family during challenging times.

CME Group also provides business travel accident insurance for all employees that provides benefits coverage when traveling on company business.

CME Group offers our U.S.-based employees a competitive benefits package that includes the following offerings:

  • A variety of competitive medical plan designs and pricing options for employees (including interns) and their eligible dependents (including domestic partners). Note:
    • Employees who enroll in a CME Group medical plan who receive emergency care or get treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, are protected from surprise billing or balance billing. Click here to learn more.
    • The Transparency in Coverage Final Rules require certain group health plans to disclose on a public website information regarding in network provider rates and historical out of network allowed amounts and billed charges for covered items and services in two separate machine readable files (MRFs). Click here to review the MRFs for the benefit package options under the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. Employee Benefit Plan.
  • Fertility and family building benefits to support every path to parenthood that includes additional programs to support reproductive health across different stages of life
  • Competitive dental and vision benefits
  • 401(k) Plan that includes employer match, online financial advice and Roth 401(k) feature
  • Active cash balance pension plan that CME Group contributes to on employees’ behalf
  • Disability insurance; basic and voluntary life insurance (including dependent life insurance)
  • Flexible spending accounts and commuter benefits
  • Parental leave benefits
  • Paid volunteer day
  • Adoption and surrogacy assistance to help those looking to grow their family through adoption or surrogacy
  • Company wellness program with incentives including discounted medical premiums and a variety of onsite prevention and screening programs
  • Additional voluntary benefits such as accident insurance, pet insurance, identity protection and primary care medical membership

Internationally, CME Group offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that is aligned with local best practice and includes the following offerings*:

  • Medical insurance for employees and their families
  • Competitive dental and optical coverage
  • Life insurance, disability and sickness insurance
  • Competitive retirement benefits
  • Company-subsidized gym membership
  • Parental leave benefits
  • Paid volunteer day
  • Health assessments / wellness provisions
  • Additional voluntary benefits depending on location

*Benefit offerings vary by regions.