Average Salaries for Human Resources Professionals

Anja Zojceska | HR Trends | SMBs HR | May 09, 2019

The average salary for HR professionals in the United States and Canada is around $58,000 per year. In the United Kingdom, the average HR salary is £32,533 per year. However, the actual salary for Human Resources professional may vary greatly depending on seniority and location.


How much do Human Resources professionals make?

We did an extensive research to find out how much money do Human Resources professionals make

In this blog post, we will present the information and statistics we gathered from many different sources, including Glassdoor, Payscale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) etc.

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We will present our findings in the form of the average salary for Human Resources professionals. 

However, the actual salary a certain HR professional is receiving may vary greatly depending on many different factors.

The main factors influencing the actual salary of HR professionals are:

HR professionals’ job title, their main tasks and responsibilities, where they live and where they work can create the difference in the actual amount of money they are receiving for their work. 

Salary range for HR professionals can be significantly different for different HR positions, in different countries, across different industries, etc.  

With this in mind, let’s proceed by examining the average salary for Human Resources professionals.

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What is the average Human Resources salary?

In order to determine an average salary for Human Resources professionals in the United States, we consulted 3 sources: 

  1. Glassdoor
  2. Payscale  
  3. the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Here is what we found out:


➡️ Conclusion:

We can conclude that the average HR salary in the USA is between $57,000 and $60,000 per year.

We also researched the average HR salary in other countries: Canada and UK. 

Average salaries for different positions in Human Resources

There is a wide range of salaries depending on the HR job title and the country

In the following text, we will examine the average salary for 3 distinct HR job titles (HR director, Hr manager and HR assistant) in 3 different countries (USA, UK and Canada). 

HR director

The HR director is the highest-ranking HR position in a company. 

HR director is responsible for the overall operation of a company's human resources department. 

A person in this position initiates and supervises the implementation and advancement of human resource processes, like compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and labor relations etc.

Related to their highest position, HR directors have the highest salaries among HR professionals. 

Let’s take a look at the average salary of an HR director in different countries:





➡️ Conclusion:

The average compensation for an HR director is around:

HR manager

The HR manager is an HR professional who serves as the operational leader of a company's human resources team. 

A person in this position develops policies and coordinates human resources department’s activities. 

According to their managerial position, HR managers have higher salaries than HR assistants whom they manage, but lower than HR directors to whom they report. 

Let’s take a look at the average salary of an HR manager in different countries:





➡️ Conclusion:

The average compensation for an HR manager is around:

HR assistant 

The HR assistant is an HR professional who handles the daily administrative and HR duties in a company. 

A person in this position is responsible for updating personnel records and assisting with payrollrecruitment and onboarding processes.

Let’s take a look at the average salary of an HR assistant in different countries:





➡️ Conclusion:

The average compensation for an HR assistant is around:

Human resources job outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026. 

As new companies form and organizations expand their operations, they will need HR professionals to ensure that firms adhere to changing and complex employment laws. 

Strong competition can be expected for most positions in HR field.

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