HR Executive Pay Trends

Featuring commentary from HR Policy Association

HR Executive Pay Trends, an Equilar publication, analyzes the compensation for the top-paid human resources (HR) executives at Equilar 500 companies for the last two fiscal years. Collected according to SEC disclosure guidelines, Equilar Top 25 Survey data is blended together with Top 5 data from proxies to create the Equilar TrueView methodology, which is featured throughout the report as the primary data sampling. HR Policy Association offers an independent analysis on the evolving responsibilities of CHROs and other top HR executives, and how their compensation is structured.

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Key Findings

  • The median total compensation for HR executives reached $2.3 million in 2023, up 5.1% from 2022 
  • Energy companies awarded their HR executives a 32.1% raise in 2023, the highest in the study 
  • Women hold 66.7% of top HR executive roles, down from 69.8% in 2022 
  • Pay for women HR executives has increased by 36.3% since 2019, while their male counterparts experienced a 29.1% in the same time frame