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Pay Levels for Human Resources Executives

Two charts: One showing the number of human resources professionals among the highest-paid executives in their companies, and the other showing what they're paid.

May 29, 2004
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Related Topics: Compensation Design and Communication, The HR Profession
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Number of HR executives among the five highest-paid corporate executives at 350 large, public US companies.

Year Number of HR Executives Who Rank Among the Five Highest-Paid Executives in Their Company
1999 13
2000 20
2001 27
2002 23
2003 24

Source: Mercer Human Resource Consulting

2003 pay levels for HR executives who rank among the five highest-paid corporate executives at 350, large public US companies.

  Annual compensation Long-Term Incentives Expected Total Direct Compensation*
  Salary Bonus Total Amount
75th Percentile $461,800 $332,500 $689,524 $1,494,038 $1,924,621
Median $357,221 $178,688 $514,221 $579,836 $1,086,069
25th Percentile $272,597 $151,137 $412,043 $422,689 $697,725

Source: Mercer Human Resource Consulting

* Total direct compensation includes base salary, annual bonus, and long-term incentive grant values (including the binomial value of stock options, restricted stock, and other target long-term incentives.,)

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