Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a HR manager in the United States is $116,720 per annum. The top 10% earn over $205,720 and the lowest 10% will earn less than $68,300 per year.
Autonomy and flexibility
Like many careers, autonomy and flexibility increases with the more experience and knowledge you have. Entry level positions will probably require you to be managed by someone and therefore will have less flexibility and autonomy. However, there are many opportunities for progression to senior roles in this career (such as HR manager or HR partner), meaning that autonomy and flexibility can be very high.
Locations and commute
In theory, wherever there are businesses, there is a need for HR professionals, meaning jobs are available in many locations. As always, there is likely to be more opportunities in bigger cities, where businesses are bigger and often more results driven. However, the trade off for more opportunities is that there is also more competition in large cities. Smaller and local business will most likely have a HR department, so you should be able to find work near where you live that requires only a short commute.
According to Zippia, the best states to be a human resources manager, based on average annual salary and number of job opportunities, are:
- New York, where the average annual salary is $103,460
- District of Columbia, where the average annual salary is $109,799
- Washington, where the average annual salary is $102,439
- New Jersey, where the average annual salary is $110,555
- California, where the average annual salary is $102,070
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Montana, Alabama, South Dakota, Louisiana and South Carolina.
There is generally fairly good job security for HR personnel as you will most likely be working as an employee on a contract. There are opportunities to become self-employed, which can offer more money, but lesser job security.
HR professionals tend to have excellent working conditions as they will work in offices. They typically work in small teams, where their co-workers are friendly, non-competitive and supportive.