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Even in Human Resources, Men Make More

Human Resources departments are dominated by women 70 percent of the time, yet men in the field dominate when it comes to salary. The pay gap between male and female HR executives trickles down to every level of the department: In 2007, the median salary for male HR managers was 47 percent more than female paychecks, while male rank-and-file employees took home 28 percent more than their female counterparts.

One HR consultant assumes the gap could be blamed at least partially on the fact that many men in HR were executives at other firms who were recruited to their roles and enticed with the hefty compensation they were already earning. It is interesting that the people in charge of our payroll and employment issues have their own very visible gender wage-gap.


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jlandrith jlandrith 5 years
Not quite.  SOME men make more than SOME women, but given the low number of men in the field, the stats are not exactly apples to apples comparisons.  I have approximately 15 years of experience in HR, yet I am paid less than some of my female colleagues with 5 years of experience.  Don't believe everything you read.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's still really frustrating if you think about it. i feel like we're not given an even fight here if regardless of the department we're going to make less. NOT FAIR!
juju4 juju4 8 years
In our HR department, the men work mostly in compensation analysis while the women are either generalists or work in benefits. The varying roles within an HR department might have something to do with pay discrepancy.
psterling psterling 8 years
Once, my co-worker was forced to recruit HER ADMIN at a higher salary than herself. The admin was the daughter of a friend of the CEOs. It was humiliating for my co-worker. Not exactly a gender gap, but it is a unique experience to be in HR and have that sort of visibility.
sundrops sundrops 8 years
That really makes me angry!!
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