chapter 6

human resources.

The events of 2020 triggered truly seismic shifts not only in where we work, but how we work — and no one knows that better than the pros in your HR department. From adapting to large-scale remote work environments to creating remote hiring processes to ensuring that diversity and inclusion initiatives are baked into the organization at every level, HR leaders had a very busy year.

So in 2021 and beyond, the "human" in "human resources" needs to be emphasized more than ever. That means creating a culture of caring in which employees feel valued and respected — and showing them the ways your business is investing in their well-being and long-term futures. For those companies not leveraging the power of HR as a trusted advisor to move business forward and drive employee satisfaction, 2021 is only going to prove more challenging.

2021 outlook

Ongoing disruption looms on the horizon for everyone in the human resources arena — not only in 2021, but for the foreseeable future. And since organizational redesigns and a concerted push to upskill and reskill employees can drive tremendous business value, only the companies that have the right resources and talent ready to meet those challenges will see growth. That means positioning HR leaders as strategic guides who can manage the shifting demands taking place in the workforce and ensure that employee engagement and retention stay strong. Those who don't will run the risk of falling behind permanently.

salary key

This guide presents nationwide pay information for today's most prevalent and in-demand human resources positions.

For non-executive titles (managers and below), annual salaries are organized by interquartile ranges across three levels of professional experience:

entry-level
one year of experience
25th-75th percentile

mid-level
five years of experience
25th-75th percentile

senior-level
10 years of experience
25th-75th percentile

For executive titles (directors and above), annual salaries are organized by interquartile ranges across three levels of company revenue:

small
$50M
25th-75th percentile

mid
$100M
25th-75th percentile

large
$250M+
25th-75th percentile

benefits entry-level mid-level senior-level
benefits analyst $51,861 - $61,447 $60,071 - $71,174 $69,115 - $81,889
benefits assistant/associate $34,684 - $40,602 $41,397 - $48,461 $47,967 - $56,153
benefits director $115,323 - $161,678 $122,972 - $172,401 $130,525 - $182,989
benefits manager $85,561 - $103,843 $98,160 - $119,136 $112,503 - $136,542
retirement specialist $41,064 - $49,243 $47,929 - $57,476 $55,407 - $66,442

benefits

benefits analyst

entry-level

$51,861 - $61,447

mid-level

$60,071 - $71,174

senior-level

$69,115 - $81,889

benefits assistant/associate

entry-level

$34,684 - $40,602

mid-level

$41,397 - $48,461

senior-level

$47,967 - $56,153

benefits director

entry-level

$115,323 - $161,678

mid-level

$122,972 - $172,401

senior-level

$130,525 - $182,989

benefits manager

entry-level

$85,561 - $103,843

mid-level

$98,160 - $119,136

senior-level

$112,503 - $136,542

retirement specialist

entry-level

$41,064 - $49,243

mid-level

$47,929 - $57,476

senior-level

$55,407 - $66,442
benefits/compensation/HRIS
benefits and compensation specialist $50,847 - $60,974 $59,304 - $71,115 $68,897 - $82,620
benefits and HRIS specialist $44,183 - $52,982 $50,840 - $60,967 $58,729 - $70,426
director of HRIS, benefits, compensation $115,518 - $161,138 $123,194 - $171,853 $131,458 - $183,382
manager of HRIS, benefits, compensation $87,275 - $105,924 $101,775 - $123,522 $117,571 - $142,694

benefits/compensation/HRIS

benefits and compensation specialist

entry-level

$50,847 - $60,974

mid-level

$59,304 - $71,115

senior-level

$68,897 - $82,620

benefits and HRIS specialist

entry-level

$44,183 - $52,982

mid-level

$50,840 - $60,967

senior-level

$58,729 - $70,426

director of HRIS, benefits, compensation

entry-level

$115,518 - $161,138

mid-level

$123,194 - $171,853

senior-level

$131,458 - $183,382

manager of HRIS, benefits, compensation

entry-level

$87,275 - $105,924

mid-level

$101,775 - $123,522

senior-level

$117,571 - $142,694
compensation
compensation analyst $58,759 - $70,462 $70,766 - $84,862 $82,864 - $99,368
compensation director $123,289 - $166,722 $131,275 - $177,522 $140,301 - $189,727
compensation manager $92,615 - $112,405 $108,223 - $131,349 $125,104 - $151,836

compensation

compensation analyst

entry-level

$58,759 - $70,462

mid-level

$70,766 - $84,862

senior-level

$82,864 - $99,368

compensation director

entry-level

$123,289 - $166,722

mid-level

$131,275 - $177,522

senior-level

$140,301 - $189,727

compensation manager

entry-level

$92,615 - $112,405

mid-level

$108,223 - $131,349

senior-level

$125,104 - $151,836
employee/labor relations
employee relations director $114,668 - $158,838 $122,437 - $169,598 $130,894 - $181,314
employee relations manager $84,533 - $103,837 $96,142 - $118,097 $109,636 - $134,672
labor relations director (JD) $125,192 - $169,297 $133,658 - $180,744 $142,579 - $192,808
labor relations manager $94,761 - $115,009 $116,757 - $141,706 $138,881 - $168,557

employee/labor relations

employee relations director

entry-level

$114,668 - $158,838

mid-level

$122,437 - $169,598

senior-level

$130,894 - $181,314

employee relations manager

entry-level

$84,533 - $103,837

mid-level

$96,142 - $118,097

senior-level

$109,636 - $134,672

labor relations director (JD)

entry-level

$125,192 - $169,297

mid-level

$133,658 - $180,744

senior-level

$142,579 - $192,808

labor relations manager

entry-level

$94,761 - $115,009

mid-level

$116,757 - $141,706

senior-level

$138,881 - $168,557
generalist
HR coordinator $36,033 - $42,181 $42,281 - $49,496 $46,703 - $54,672
HR director $114,668 - $158,838 $122,437 - $169,598 $130,894 - $181,314
HR generalist $58,645 - $71,140 $65,251 - $76,824 $72,537 - $86,273
HR manager $85,613 - $103,907 $99,961 - $121,321 $115,800 - $140,543
HR specialist $41,233 - $49,445 $48,132 - $57,718 $55,594 - $66,667
vice president of HR $152,366 - $258,872 $171,586 - $290,563 $197,513 - $334,684

generalist

HR coordinator

entry-level

$36,033 - $42,181

mid-level

$42,281 - $49,496

senior-level

$46,703 - $54,672

HR director

entry-level

$114,668 - $158,838

mid-level

$122,437 - $169,598

senior-level

$130,894 - $181,314

HR generalist

entry-level

$58,645 - $71,140

mid-level

$65,251 - $76,824

senior-level

$72,537 - $86,273

HR manager

entry-level

$85,613 - $103,907

mid-level

$99,961 - $121,321

senior-level

$115,800 - $140,543

HR specialist

entry-level

$41,233 - $49,445

mid-level

$48,132 - $57,718

senior-level

$55,594 - $66,667

vice president of HR

entry-level

$152,366 - $258,872

mid-level

$171,586 - $290,563

senior-level

$197,513 - $334,684
HRIS
compensation director $123,289 - $166,722 $131,275 - $177,522 $140,301 - $189,727
HRIS analyst $57,781 - $69,290 $69,089 - $82,850 $80,688 - $96,758
HRIS manager $83,650 - $101,524 $98,942 - $120,083 $115,107 - $139,703

HRIS

compensation director

entry-level

$123,289 - $166,722

mid-level

$131,275 - $177,522

senior-level

$140,301 - $189,727

HRIS analyst

entry-level

$57,781 - $69,290

mid-level

$69,089 - $82,850

senior-level

$80,688 - $96,758

HRIS manager

entry-level

$83,650 - $101,524

mid-level

$98,942 - $120,083

senior-level

$115,107 - $139,703
learning and development
learning and development director $136,881 - $170,174 $145,759 - $181,210 $156,893 - $195,053
learning coordinator $51,254 - $61,462 $63,724 - $76,415 $75,148 - $90,116
learning manager $82,671 - $100,337 $94,806 - $115,064 $108,657 - $131,875
learning specialist (trainer) $51,289 - $61,505 $60,497 - $72,547 $70,344 - $84,355

learning and development

learning and development director

entry-level

$136,881 - $170,174

mid-level

$145,759 - $181,210

senior-level

$156,893 - $195,053

learning coordinator

entry-level

$51,254 - $61,462

mid-level

$63,724 - $76,415

senior-level

$75,148 - $90,116

learning manager

entry-level

$82,671 - $100,337

mid-level

$94,806 - $115,064

senior-level

$108,657 - $131,875

learning specialist (trainer)

entry-level

$51,289 - $61,505

mid-level

$60,497 - $72,547

senior-level

$70,344 - $84,355
recruiting/talent acquisition
director of talent acquisition $110,925 - $152,462 $118,208 - $162,957 $125,560 - $173,140
head of recruitment $96,772 - $128,449 $102,586 - $135,856 $109,500 - $142,993
manager of talent acquisition $85,733 - $102,600 $97,833 - $119,538 $112,720 - $136,588
recruiter $51,877 - $62,525 $60,355 - $72,186 $69,465 - $83,874
recruiting manager $74,276 - $90,984 $87,129 - $106,959 $100,339 - $123,127
talent acquisition/staffing specialist $51,450 - $62,010 $57,777 - $70,109 $66,978 - $80,728

recruiting/talent acquisition

director of talent acquisition

entry-level

$110,925 - $152,462

mid-level

$118,208 - $162,957

senior-level

$125,560 - $173,140

head of recruitment

entry-level

$96,772 - $128,449

mid-level

$102,586 - $135,856

senior-level

$109,500 - $142,993

manager of talent acquisition

entry-level

$85,733 - $102,600

mid-level

$97,833 - $119,538

senior-level

$112,720 - $136,588

recruiter

entry-level

$51,877 - $62,525

mid-level

$60,355 - $72,186

senior-level

$69,465 - $83,874

recruiting manager

entry-level

$74,276 - $90,984

mid-level

$87,129 - $106,959

senior-level

$100,339 - $123,127

talent acquisition/staffing specialist

entry-level

$51,450 - $62,010

mid-level

$57,777 - $70,109

senior-level

$66,978 - $80,728
talent management/organizational development
director of talent management/OD $116,434 - $160,498 $123,568 - $171,088 $131,488 - $181,345
manager of talent management/OD $87,833 - $105,925 $102,431 - $124,261 $119,271 - $143,691

talent management/organizational development

director of talent management/OD

entry-level

$116,434 - $160,498

mid-level

$123,568 - $171,088

senior-level

$131,488 - $181,345

manager of talent management/OD

entry-level

$87,833 - $105,925

mid-level

$102,431 - $124,261

senior-level

$119,271 - $143,691

For salary information and titles specific to your region, contact your local Randstad representative today.

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