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Human Resources Average Salaries in Ireland 2020

How much money does a person working in Human Resources make in Ireland?

Average Yearly Salary
36,400 EUR
( 3,030 EUR monthly)


A person working in Human Resources in Ireland typically earns around 36,400 EUR per year. Salaries range from 15,500 EUR (lowest average) to 63,000 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Human Resources careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Benefits Administrator25,300 EUR
Benefits Analyst30,500 EUR
Benefits Manager51,700 EUR
Chief People Officer64,000 EUR
Compensation Analyst30,700 EUR
Compensation and Benefits Manager51,900 EUR
Compensation and Benefits Officer21,000 EUR
Compensation Manager52,100 EUR
Corporate Director of Human Resources68,500 EUR
Corporate Trainer32,000 EUR
Employee Benefits Administrator37,700 EUR
Employee Communications Manager45,300 EUR
Employee Development Specialist43,400 EUR
Employee Engagement Specialist43,400 EUR
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator38,200 EUR
Employee Performance Specialist32,500 EUR
Employee Relations Manager45,800 EUR
Employee Relations Practitioner44,700 EUR
Employee Services Manager46,000 EUR
Employment Advice Worker20,600 EUR
Employment Interviewer31,300 EUR
Employment Service Specialist25,900 EUR
Employment Services Coordinator29,900 EUR
Enrollment Counselor41,200 EUR
Equal Opportunity Representative31,200 EUR
Executive Human Capital Management63,100 EUR
Executive Recruiter44,000 EUR
Expatriate Administration Manager45,600 EUR
Expatriate Administration Supervisor31,100 EUR
Global Mobility Manager56,000 EUR
Headhunter44,300 EUR
Health Benefits Coordinator26,400 EUR
HRIS Analyst21,900 EUR
HRIS Manager39,700 EUR
HRIS Supervisor22,900 EUR
Human Resources Administration Specialist24,100 EUR
Human Resources Administrator26,300 EUR
Human Resources Advisor42,000 EUR
Human Resources Analyst35,300 EUR
Human Resources Assessor23,700 EUR
Human Resources Assistant Manager45,600 EUR
Human Resources Associate16,700 EUR
Human Resources Consultant48,500 EUR
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager36,400 EUR
Human Resources Generalist31,600 EUR
Human Resources Manager57,200 EUR
Human Resources Officer23,300 EUR
Human Resources Representative25,200 EUR
Human Resources Section Head40,400 EUR
Human Resources Superintendent23,100 EUR
Human Resources Training Executive44,200 EUR
Industrial Organizational Psychologist54,600 EUR
Job Evaluation Specialist43,600 EUR
Labor Relations Director48,000 EUR
Labor Relations Manager48,200 EUR
Labor Relations Specialist22,300 EUR
Learning and Development Manager54,300 EUR
Occupational Health and Safety Officer23,800 EUR
Organizational Development Consultant47,200 EUR
Organizational Development Manager52,400 EUR
Organizational Development Specialist27,800 EUR
Payroll Assistant20,800 EUR
Payroll Supervisor24,500 EUR
People Development Officer31,000 EUR
Personnel Officer17,900 EUR
Records Clerk15,800 EUR
Records Manager25,900 EUR
Recruiter45,700 EUR
Recruiting Coordinator22,300 EUR
Recruiting Manager58,000 EUR
Recruitment Consultant43,500 EUR
Recruitment Officer23,000 EUR
Recruitment Supervisor36,600 EUR
Research Associate19,500 EUR
SAP Resource Manager45,800 EUR
Talent Acquisition Specialist34,500 EUR
Talent Management Officer28,500 EUR
Training and Development Section Head45,600 EUR
Training Executive47,300 EUR
Training Officer22,300 EUR

Human Resources Jobs Salary Distribution in Ireland

Median and salary distribution yearly Ireland Human Resources
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources salaries in Ireland range from 15,500 EUR per year (minimum average salary) to 63,000 EUR per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 34,200 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 34,200 EUR while the other half are earning more than 34,200 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 22,300 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 22,300 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 45,700 EUR while 25% are earning more than 45,700 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Ireland costs anywhere from 16,000 Euro(s) to 48,100 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Human Resources Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Ireland who work in Human Resources earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

37,300 EUR
35,400 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Human Resources Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

How much are annual salary increments in Ireland for Human Resources professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Human Resources

Human Resources professionals in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Ireland / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Human Resources Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland Human Resources
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Human Resources is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

50% of surveyed staff in Human Resources reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Human Resources Hourly Average Wage in Ireland

17 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 17 EUR. This means that the average person in Ireland earns approximately 17 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Human Resources VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources and Human Resources yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Human Resources is 5% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork40,800 EUR
Dublin42,700 EUR
Galway37,000 EUR
Limerick39,300 EUR
Waterford35,100 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
37,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
39,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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