chapter 6

human resources.

Chatbots. Virtual assistants. Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA) platforms. Mobile applications for employee services. These are just a sampling of the ways human resources (HR) departments today are undergoing massive, tech-driven change. Manual processes are becoming automated, roles are transforming drastically and virtually every aspect of the field is being disrupted. Even as HR leaders are test piloting tomorrow’s new technologies, finding qualified professionals to spearhead all of that change is no easy feat. After all, talent with the skills and experience to implement, manage and use these new tools is still scarce — and if you’re hiring in this space, you just might discover that the hard way.

With so much change happening so quickly, HR pros should expect 2020 to be a watershed year in terms of both technology and personnel. Roles will alter, tools will advance — and it’s going to be harder than ever to keep up.

 

there were more than 160,000 job postings for HR generalists in the last 12 months.

2020 outlook

People are your most valuable asset, so the case could be made that the HR professionals who hire them are even more valuable. What’s clear is that many of these skilled professionals are more in demand today than ever before. Finding and hiring them, of course, isn’t going to be easy — but armed with these insights, you should be able to get a head start on your competition.

here's how to hire in human resources today

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 $50,969 - $60,390 $59,038 - $69,950 $67,926 - $80,481
benefits assistant/associate $34,087 - $39,904 $40,685 - $47,628 $47,142 - $55,187
benefits director* $113,340 - $158,897 $120,857 - $169,436 $128,280 - $179,842
benefits manager $84,089 - $102,057 $96,472 - $117,087 $110,568 - $134,194
retirement specialist $40,358 - $48,396 $47,105 - $56,487 $54,454 - $65,299

benefits

benefits analyst

entry-level

$50,969 - $60,390

mid-level

$59,038 - $69,950

senior-level

$67,926 - $80,481

benefits assistant/associate

entry-level

$34,087 - $39,904

mid-level

$40,685 - $47,628

senior-level

$47,142 - $55,187

benefits director*

entry-level

$113,340 - $158,897

mid-level

$120,857 - $169,436

senior-level

$128,280 - $179,842

benefits manager

entry-level

$84,089 - $102,057

mid-level

$96,472 - $117,087

senior-level

$110,568 - $134,194

retirement specialist

entry-level

$40,358 - $48,396

mid-level

$47,105 - $56,487

senior-level

$54,454 - $65,299
benefits/compensation/HRIS
benefits and compensation specialist $49,972 - $59,925 $58,284 - $69,892 $67,712 - $81,199
benefits and HRIS specialist $43,423 - $52,071 $49,966 - $59,918 $57,719 - $69,215
director of HRIS, benefits, compensation* $113,531 - $158,367 $121,075 - $168,897 $129,197 - $180,228
manager of HRIS, benefits, compensation $85,774 - $104,102 $100,025 - $121,398 $115,549 - $140,240

benefits/compensation/HRIS

benefits and compensation specialist

entry-level

$49,972 - $59,925

mid-level

$58,284 - $69,892

senior-level

$67,712 - $81,199

benefits and HRIS specialist

entry-level

$43,423 - $52,071

mid-level

$49,966 - $59,918

senior-level

$57,719 - $69,215

director of HRIS, benefits, compensation*

entry-level

$113,531 - $158,367

mid-level

$121,075 - $168,897

senior-level

$129,197 - $180,228

manager of HRIS, benefits, compensation

entry-level

$85,774 - $104,102

mid-level

$100,025 - $121,398

senior-level

$115,549 - $140,240
compensation
compensation analyst $57,748 - $69,250 $69,549 - $83,402 $81,439 - $97,659
compensation director* $121,169 - $163,855 $129,017 - $174,469 $137,888 - $186,464
compensation manager $91,022 - $110,472 $106,362 - $129,090 $122,952 - $149,225

compensation

compensation analyst

entry-level

$57,748 - $69,250

mid-level

$69,549 - $83,402

senior-level

$81,439 - $97,659

compensation director*

entry-level

$121,169 - $163,855

mid-level

$129,017 - $174,469

senior-level

$137,888 - $186,464

compensation manager

entry-level

$91,022 - $110,472

mid-level

$106,362 - $129,090

senior-level

$122,952 - $149,225
employee/labor relations
employee relations director* $112,696 - $156,106 $120,331 - $166,681 $128,643 - $178,196
employee relations manager $83,079 - $102,051 $94,488 - $116,066 $107,750 - $132,356
labor relations director (JD)* $123,039 - $166,385 $131,359 - $177,635 $140,127 - $189,492
labor relations manager $93,131 - $113,031 $114,749 - $139,269 $136,492 - $165,658

employee/labor relations

employee relations director*

entry-level

$112,696 - $156,106

mid-level

$120,331 - $166,681

senior-level

$128,643 - $178,196

employee relations manager

entry-level

$83,079 - $102,051

mid-level

$94,488 - $116,066

senior-level

$107,750 - $132,356

labor relations director (JD)*

entry-level

$123,039 - $166,385

mid-level

$131,359 - $177,635

senior-level

$140,127 - $189,492

labor relations manager

entry-level

$93,131 - $113,031

mid-level

$114,749 - $139,269

senior-level

$136,492 - $165,658
generalist
HR coordinator $35,413 - $41,456 $41,554 - $48,645 $45,900 - $53,732
HR director* $112,696 - $156,106 $120,331 - $166,681 $128,643 - $178,196
HR generalist $57,636 - $69,916 $64,129 - $75,503 $71,289 - $84,789
HR manager $84,141 - $102,120 $98,242 - $119,234 $113,808 - $138,126
HR specialist $40,524 - $48,595 $47,304 - $56,725 $54,638 - $65,520
vice president of HR* $149,745 - $254,420 $168,635 - $285,566 $194,116 - $328,928

generalist

HR coordinator

entry-level

$35,413 - $41,456

mid-level

$41,554 - $48,645

senior-level

$45,900 - $53,732

HR director*

entry-level

$112,696 - $156,106

mid-level

$120,331 - $166,681

senior-level

$128,643 - $178,196

HR generalist

entry-level

$57,636 - $69,916

mid-level

$64,129 - $75,503

senior-level

$71,289 - $84,789

HR manager

entry-level

$84,141 - $102,120

mid-level

$98,242 - $119,234

senior-level

$113,808 - $138,126

HR specialist

entry-level

$40,524 - $48,595

mid-level

$47,304 - $56,725

senior-level

$54,638 - $65,520

vice president of HR*

entry-level

$149,745 - $254,420

mid-level

$168,635 - $285,566

senior-level

$194,116 - $328,928
HRIS
compensation director* $121,169 - $163,855 $129,017 - $174,469 $137,888 - $186,464
HRIS analyst $56,787 - $68,098 $67,901 - $81,425 $79,300 - $95,094
HRIS manager $82,211 - $99,778 $97,240 - $118,018 $113,127 - $137,300

HRIS

compensation director*

entry-level

$121,169 - $163,855

mid-level

$129,017 - $174,469

senior-level

$137,888 - $186,464

HRIS analyst

entry-level

$56,787 - $68,098

mid-level

$67,901 - $81,425

senior-level

$79,300 - $95,094

HRIS manager

entry-level

$82,211 - $99,778

mid-level

$97,240 - $118,018

senior-level

$113,127 - $137,300
learning and development
learning and development director* $134,527 - $167,247 $143,252 - $178,093 $154,195 - $191,698
learning coordinator $50,372 - $60,405 $62,628 - $75,101 $73,856 - $88,566
learning manager $81,249 - $98,611 $93,175 - $113,085 $106,788 - $129,607
learning specialist (trainer) $50,407 - $60,447 $59,457 - $71,299 $69,134 - $82,904

learning and development

learning and development director*

entry-level

$134,527 - $167,247

mid-level

$143,252 - $178,093

senior-level

$154,195 - $191,698

learning coordinator

entry-level

$50,372 - $60,405

mid-level

$62,628 - $75,101

senior-level

$73,856 - $88,566

learning manager

entry-level

$81,249 - $98,611

mid-level

$93,175 - $113,085

senior-level

$106,788 - $129,607

learning specialist (trainer)

entry-level

$50,407 - $60,447

mid-level

$59,457 - $71,299

senior-level

$69,134 - $82,904
recruiting/talent acquisition
director of talent acquisition* $109,017 - $149,840 $116,175 - $160,154 $123,400 - $170,162
head of recruitment $95,108 - $126,240 $100,822 - $133,519 $107,617 - $140,534
manager of talent acquisition $84,258 - $100,835 $96,150 - $117,482 $110,781 - $134,239
recruiter $50,985 - $61,450 $59,317 - $70,944 $68,270 - $82,431
recruiting coordinator $72,999 - $89,419 $85,630 - $105,119 $98,613 - $121,009
talent acquisition/staffing specialist $50,565 - $60,943 $56,783 - $68,903 $65,826 - $79,340

recruiting/talent acquisition

director of talent acquisition*

entry-level

$109,017 - $149,840

mid-level

$116,175 - $160,154

senior-level

$123,400 - $170,162

head of recruitment

entry-level

$95,108 - $126,240

mid-level

$100,822 - $133,519

senior-level

$107,617 - $140,534

manager of talent acquisition

entry-level

$84,258 - $100,835

mid-level

$96,150 - $117,482

senior-level

$110,781 - $134,239

recruiter

entry-level

$50,985 - $61,450

mid-level

$59,317 - $70,944

senior-level

$68,270 - $82,431

recruiting coordinator

entry-level

$72,999 - $89,419

mid-level

$85,630 - $105,119

senior-level

$98,613 - $121,009

talent acquisition/staffing specialist

entry-level

$50,565 - $60,943

mid-level

$56,783 - $68,903

senior-level

$65,826 - $79,340
talent management/organizational development
director of talent management/OD* $114,431 - $157,738 $121,443 - $168,145 $129,227 - $178,226
manager of talent management/OD $86,322 - $104,103 $100,669 - $122,124 $117,220 - $141,220

talent management/organizational development

director of talent management/OD*

entry-level

$114,431 - $157,738

mid-level

$121,443 - $168,145

senior-level

$129,227 - $178,226

manager of talent management/OD

entry-level

$86,322 - $104,103

mid-level

$100,669 - $122,124

senior-level

$117,220 - $141,220

*salaries for executive titles are organized by interquartile ranges across three levels of company revenue: small ($50M), mid ($100M) and large ($250M+)

 

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