The median hourly wage for human resources managers was $39.78 in November
2004, and the median hourly wage for compensation and benefits managers was
$32.23, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of
The median hourly wage for human resources, training, and labor relations specialists
The bureau found that more than 30 percent of the workers in management and
legal occupational groups earned more than $43.75 per hour.
The two groups were the two highest paying of the 22 major occupational groups
in November 2004.
The major occupational groups with the lowest average wages were food preparation
and serving related; farming, fishing, and forestry; building and grounds cleaning
and maintenance; and personal care and service. At least 39 percent of all workers
in each of these groups earned less than $8.50 per hour.
Major groups in which 50 percent or more of the employment was concentrated
in the middle three wage ranges (mean hourly wages from $13.50 to $27.24) included
business and financial operations occupations; community and social services
occupations; education, training, and library occupations; healthcare practitioner
and technical occupations; construction and extraction occupations; and installation,
maintenance, and repair occupations.
Registered nurses had an average hourly wage of $26.77.