Future-Proof Your Human Resources Career: Highest Paying HR Functions

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Liz Strikwerda

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The Highest Paying HR Functions

There are expanding opportunities in Human Resources. Niche specialties that emerged in the past few years are becoming mainstream. Salaries are increasing. Companies are relying more extensively on Human Resources professionals to help achieve their objectives.

If you are considering a career in Human Resources (or want to expand your skills), read through these 5 high-paying HR functions. These jobs are currently in demand. And the outlook is promising for many years to come.

1. International Human Resources Associate

Median Salary: $62,400 Source: Business Research Guide

Education: At least a master’s degree. Several years experience as an HR generalist. Additional experience in education, government, or social services is helpful.

Talent acquisition specialist for companies with global offices. Must be skilled at all recruiting functions; screening applicants, advertising jobs, processing applications, and managing applicant databases. This position requires international compliance knowledge. Expertise in compensation structures for global job markets. Knowledge of cultural factors and how they influence employment.

2. Change Management Specialist

Median Salary: $119,369 Source: Monster

Education and experience: Master’s degree. Experience in project management, change management tools, and change management analytics.

Managing the HR components of complex organizational change with a systematic approach. The goal of change management is to retain employees, leverage employees’ skills to accomplish business objectives, improve the company culture, and mitigate negative effects.

3. Training and Development Manager

Median annual salary: $87,700 Source Human Resources MBA

Education and experience: Bachelor’s degree, at least 5 years related experience.

Create and manage employee training programs. This includes orientation, onboarding, technical skills, soft skills, and mentorship programs. They also coordinate external certification training. They must understand and stay abreast of laws that affect employee training and career development.

4. Compensation and Benefits Manager

Median Salary: $121,010 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education and experience: Bachelor’s degree or MBA-HRM. Several years general HR experience, including in a supervisory role.

Create and manage employee compensation programs. Work with insurance and investment vendors. Stay abreast of laws that affect employee pay and benefits.

5. Human Resources Director

Median Salary: $142,860 Source: Human Resources MBA

Education and experience: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. At least ten years of experience in a Human Resources management position.

Oversee and manage all aspects of Human Resources. This includes recruitment, promotions, training programs, compensation structures, benefits, employee engagement, and labor cost management.

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