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November 10, 2005
DOL Releases Pay Data for HR Managers, Other Occupations

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 Labor.

The median hourly wage for human resources, training, and labor relations specialists was $22.88.

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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.


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