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March 30, 2006
Study: U.S. HR Directors' Salaries Best in World

Human resource directors in the United States earn the highest salaries in the world, according to a study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

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Mercer looked at executive pay levels in 14 countries, finding the HR directors in the United States have highest base pay, but their counterparts in Germany receive highest annual total cash, which includes the total of annual base salary plus any guaranteed cash plus the actual annual short-term incentive amount.

In the United States, HR directors earned on average an annual base salary of $175,000 and annual total cash of $219,000. In Germany HR directors earned an annual base salary of $160,500 and $227,500 in annual total cash.

HR directors in the United Kingdom earned the second highest annual base salary, $161,900. By contrast, HR directors in India earn $47,900 in annual base salary, the lowest of the 14 countries Mercer studied.

Human Resources Directors

Country

Annual base salary (US$)

Annual total cash
(US$)

United States

175,000

219,000

United Kingdom

161,900

202,500

Germany

160,500

227,500

Hong Kong

149,500

186,600

Italy

148,800

178,200

Canada

145,805

188,600

Brazil

134,900

200,000

France

130,300

147,500

Australia

124,400

143,400

Spain

124,200

147,400

Singapore

120,800

155,700

Poland

96,100

111,200

Hungary

57,100

71,800

India

47,900

55,700

Read more about the study at Mercer's website.

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