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Career Outlook: Human Resource Management Jobs and Salaries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment need for professionals with a master's in human resource management largely depends on the performance and growth of individual companies. As organizations expand and new companies form, the demand for human resource management jobs increases.

Looking at the Numbers

  • $110,120 median annual salary for human resource managers in May 2017
  • 9% growth in human resource manager job opportunities by 20261

Human Resource Career Opportunities

In almost every industry—manufacturing, health care, education, finance, and insurance, just to name a few—you'll find HR professionals behind the scenes helping organizations thrive. In addition to careers such as job recruiter, compliance officer, and staffing manager, here are a few human resource management jobs and salaries you can obtain with your master's degree:

  • Human resource manager
    • Serve as a link between management and employees. You'll plan, direct, and coordinate administrative functions of an organization, consult executives on strategic planning, and oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff.
    • Average yearly salary: $120,2102
  • Compensation and benefits manager
    • Help organizations determine how to pay their employees. You'll plan, develop, and oversee compensation, health insurance, paid time off, and other company benefit programs.
    • Average yearly salary: $126,9002
  • Chief learning officer
    • Drive all the learning, goals, and policies of an organization. You'll collaborate and determine eLearning tools that benefit your employees in many different areas such as career development and training.
    • Average yearly salary: $194,3502
  • Training and development manager
    • Expand the knowledge and skills of your organization's employees. You'll oversee the planning, direction, and coordination of programs that keep staff engaged and growing in their careers.
    • Average yearly salary: $115,1802

Take the First Step

Request a free brochure or call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor today about pursuing an online Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary's.


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

2Burning Glass Labor and Insights, May 2017 to May 2018