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Director of Human Resources

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages human resources functions for a company or organization, including the recruiting, hiring and training of employees. Works with executive management to develop and implement staffing and compensation plans, and works to attract and retain qualified employees. Oversees training and development initiatives. Manages compensation and benefits structure and provides information to employees. Monitors compliance with employment-related regulations. Implements company policies and deals with staffing or disciplinary issues as needed.

Job Outlook

There were 981 Director of Human Resources job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 32012 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Human Resources Manager industry, which includes the Director of Human Resources career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Director of Human Resources jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,060.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $86,596.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Director of Human Resources postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $75,290.

Education and Experience

Posted Director of Human Resources jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5%
Bachelor's Degree49%
Master's Degree38%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other8%

Posted Director of Human Resources jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years7%
3 to 5 years39%
6 to 8 years24%
9+ years30%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Director of Human Resources positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (49%)
  • Planning (34%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (33%)
  • Problem Solving (27%)
  • Microsoft Office (22%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Employee Relations (47%)
  • Performance Management (34%)
  • Budgeting (27%)
  • Talent Management (23%)
  • Onboarding (23%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Business Administration (16%)
  • Change Management (14%)
  • Performance Appraisals (14%)
  • Project Management (13%)
  • Legal Compliance (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Policy Implementation (7%)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (7%)
  • Employee Training (5%)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (5%)
  • Collective Bargaining (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Workforce Development (1%) – marginal value $10,163

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Director of Human Resources skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Human Resources Director
  • Director Of Human Resources
  • Director, Human Resources
  • Vice President Of Human Resources
  • Director Human Resources

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Director of Human Resources jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • KPMG (504)
  • Marriott International Incorporated (350)
  • Bausch & Lomb (319)
  • Applied Materials (305)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (259)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (26)
  • KPMG (24)
  • Appalachian State University (20)
  • Duke University (15)
  • Wells Fargo (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!