According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), human resources specialists earn an average salary of $70,720 per year ($34.00 per hour).*
The BLS reports the average pay for an HR manager was $65.67 per hour or $136,590 per year. Those at the top of their field may earn a higher salary depending on their experience and education (for example, if they have a graduate degree).
Human resources is a growing field. According to the BLS, Employment opportunities for HR managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020-2030, faster than the average for all U.S. occupations. This is due in part to growth of existing companies and new companies forming. HR professionals are also needed to help understand and administer complex employment and benefit laws.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.