This list is interesting because most HR Managers I know (outside of NYC) make less than $100,000. It’s the dirty secret of compensation in HR — we administer most compensation plans, we witness the acquisition of wealth and stock options by co-workers in other departments, but we don’t advocate on behalf of our profession or our own personal skills.
There’s a tremendous amount of secrecy and resentment in our field when it comes to compensation. When we do earn over six-figures, we are hesitant to share the news with our peers (“Hey, I’m being paid what I’m worth!”) because we recognize that many of our colleagues earn far less than what we earn.
So I’m putting you guys on notice: if a punk rock HR diva with a bad attitude can earn six-figure coinage, there’s hope for everyone.