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Director of Human Resources

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Director of Human Resources 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 697 Director of Human Resources job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 26312 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 2015:

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 $122,634.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $124,765.

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 $102,564.

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 Degree4.25%
Bachelor's Degree68.88%
Master's Degree31.62%
Doctoral Degree2.99%
Other5.7%

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 years9.52%
3 to 5 years42.54%
6 to 8 years23.29%
9+ years24.64%

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.

  • Leadership (58.51%)
  • Management (56.57%)
  • Communication (49.92%)
  • Operations (26.87%)
  • Planning (24.45%)
  • Coaching (22.61%)
  • Problem Solving (21.92%)
  • Training And Development (20.47%)
  • Writing (18.79%)
  • Microsoft Office (17.38%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Employee Relations (48.06%)
  • Human Resource Strategy (17.21%)
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS) (26.23%)
  • Performance Management (34.55%)
  • Human Resource Management (29.01%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Talent Acquisition (14.47%)
  • Talent Management (22.88%)
  • Auditing (11.4%)
  • Data Analysis (9.68%)
  • Regulatory Compliance (11.85%)
  • Conflict Resolution (11.38%)
  • Change Management (15.69%)
  • Employee Engagement (18.69%)
  • Performance Appraisal (13.35%)
  • Labor Law (20.17%)
  • Business Strategies (12.11%)
  • Finance (10.5%)
  • Project Management (15.65%)
  • Employee Onboarding (9.79%)
  • Labor Relations (15.46%)
  • Organizational Development (13.19%)
  • Succession Planning (14.75%)
  • Workforce Planning (9.85%)
  • Process Improvement (8.33%)
  • HR Operations (10.63%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Human Resource Planning (3.62%)

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.

  • Human Resource Planning (6.47%)
  • Employee Relations (85.86%)
  • Human Resource Strategy (30.74%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Director of People and Culture
  • Director/Business Partner
  • Director/Human Resources Business Partner
  • Human Resources Intern
  • Assistant Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Business Partner
  • Director of Career Services
  • Executive Director of 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

  • Marriott International (348)
  • Hilton (178)
  • Robert Half (159)
  • Cefco (158)
  • The Judge Group (138)
  • Evolent Health (107)
  • Harvard Protection Services, Llc. (97)
  • JB Hunt (91)
  • Ford (87)
  • American Heart Association (81)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (15)
  • Wells Fargo (9)
  • Partners Health Management (9)
  • The Judge Group (7)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (7)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (7)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (6)
  • East Carolina University (6)
  • Duke University (6)
  • Accordius Health (6)

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!