How Much on Average Does an HR Manager Make?

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Human resources managers, sometimes called HR managers, oversee administrative functions in corporations. Many oversee a single HR department, such as payroll and benefits, hiring, training, or employee relations. Others supervise and direct the entire HR apparatus of an organization. Depending on the position, an HR manager usually holds either a bachelor's degree or a master's of business administration (MBA).

Average National Pay

Approximately 156,600 human resources managers were employed in the United States as of 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. HR managers reported an average hourly wage of $58.28 and an average annual salary of $121,220. As of May 2020, the median-earning 50 percent reported salaries ranging from $91,730 to $121,220 per year, while the highest-paid 10 percent of human resources managers made $208,000 or more per year.

Pay by Employment Sector

Human resources managers working for colleges and universities reported an average salary of over $120,000 per year, while those working for general hospitals averaged more than $130,000 per year. Local government agencies employed over 7,000 HR managers across the country as of 2020, and paid them an average salary of $111,570 per year. HR managers for securities and commodities brokerages reported an average salary of $184,440 per year, the very highest salary by industry.

Pay by Location

As of 2021, HR managers working in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states reported the highest average salaries in the country, while the lowest-paying states were concentrated in the southeast and the Midwest. New Jersey reported the very highest average salary for this occupation, $177,960 per year. The District of Columbia also reported a very high average salary for this occupation, $167,190. State salary differences roughly mirror variations in the average cost of living throughout the nation.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 14,800 new jobs for HR managers through 2030, a to growth rate of 9 percent. Job growth is expected to be slowed somewhat by innovations in computer software that enables HR managers to complete tasks more efficiently. HR managers with industry experience and a master's degree are expected to have the best employment opportunities.

Human Resources Managers salary

  • Top 10% Annual Salary: More than $208,000 ($100/hour)
  • Median Annual Salary: $121,220 ($58.28/hour)
  • Bottom 10% Annual Salary: Less than $71,180 ($34.22/hour)