Human Resources Managers



Human resources (HR) managers oversee the administrative functions of HR departments. These include recruiting employment candidates and managing the hiring process, working with executives on strategic HR planning, training employees, and serving as liaisons between employees and management. At large companies, HR managers oversee employment interviewers, placement specialists, personnel recruiters, compensation and benefits managers, and other specialized staff. At small companies, a human resources manager may fill all of these r...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Five years of experience in lower-level human resources positions



Business Management


Personality Traits



Earnings for HR managers vary widely depending on the nature of the organization (e.g., the number of employees, annual revenue, geographic location, etc.), as well as on the individual's qualifications and experience.

Human resources managers earned median annual salaries of $113,300 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Earnings ranged from less than $66,8...

Work Environment

Human resources managers work in comfortable, modern offices. They spend a significant amount of time communicating with HR staff and organization employees on the phone, via e-mail, and in person. About 33 percent of HR managers work more than 40 hours a week. Labor relations managers often work long hours when negotiating contract agreements. HR managers who are employed by organizations that...


Employment for human resources managers is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2018 through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, or faster than the average for all careers. More managers will be needed to help companies comply with complex employment laws that pertain to occupational safety and health, healthcare (including the Affordable Care Act), equal employment opportunity, wage...

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