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Human Resources Manager Average Salary in Sweden 2020

How much money does a Human Resources Manager make in Sweden?

Average Monthly Salary
166,000 SEK
( 2,000,000 SEK yearly)


A person working as a Human Resources Manager in Sweden typically earns around 166,000 SEK per month. Salaries range from 88,200 SEK (lowest) to 253,000 SEK (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Human Resources Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Human Resources Manager Salary Distribution in Sweden

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Manager salaries in Sweden range from 88,200 SEK per month (minimum salary) to 253,000 SEK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 157,000 SEK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 157,000 SEK while the other half are earning more than 157,000 SEK. 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 Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 110,000 SEK while 75% of them are earning more than 110,000 SEK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 192,000 SEK while 25% are earning more than 192,000 SEK.

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

Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Human Resources Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Human Resources Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 101,000 SEK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 125,000 SEK per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 176,000 SEK per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Human Resources Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 206,000 SEK per month, 17% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 227,000 SEK per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 240,000 SEK per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Manager average salary change by experience in Sweden

0 - 2 Years
101,000 SEK
2 - 5 Years+23%
125,000 SEK
5 - 10 Years+42%
176,000 SEK
10 - 15 Years+17%
206,000 SEK
15 - 20 Years+10%
227,000 SEK
20+ Years+6%
240,000 SEK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Human Resources Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Human Resources Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Human Resources Manager is 115,000 SEK per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 222,000 SEK per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Human Resources Manager average salary difference by education level in Sweden

Bachelor's Degree
115,000 SEK
Master's Degree+93%
222,000 SEK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 Sweden costs anywhere from 585,000 Swedish Krona(s) to 1,750,000 Swedish Krona(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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager employees in Sweden earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

162,000 SEK
170,000 SEK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sweden for all Careers

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Human Resources Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sweden

How much are annual salary increments in Sweden for Human Resources Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager(s) in Sweden are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% 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.

Sweden / All Professions

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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 Sweden is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Sweden 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 Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Sweden

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Sweden Human Resources Manager
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A Human Resources Manager is considered to be a high bonus-based job 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.

20% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 80% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Human Resources Manager employees in Sweden earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
114,000 SEK
Public Sector+5%
120,000 SEK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Human Resources Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in Sweden

How are Human Resources Manager salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Sweden Human Resources Manager
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Average Salary 2016
150,000 SEK
Average Salary 2017+4%
156,000 SEK
Average Salary 2018+2%
158,000 SEK
Average Salary 2019+2%
162,000 SEK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Human Resources Manager salaries in Sweden are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Human Resources Manager Average Hourly Wage in Sweden

960 SEK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sweden is 960 SEK. This means that the average Human Resources Manager in Sweden earns approximately 960 SEK 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 Manager VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Human Resources Manager is 40% more than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 2% more than those of All Jobs.

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Benefits Administrator107,000 SEK-36%
Benefits Analyst112,000 SEK-33%
Benefits Manager133,000 SEK-20%
Chief People Officer145,000 SEK-13%
Compensation Analyst110,000 SEK-34%
Compensation and Benefits Manager133,000 SEK-20%
Compensation and Benefits Officer102,000 SEK-39%
Compensation Manager131,000 SEK-21%
Corporate Director of Human Resources175,000 SEK+5%
Corporate Trainer125,000 SEK-25%
Employee Benefits Administrator115,000 SEK-31%
Employee Communications Manager119,000 SEK-29%
Employee Development Specialist130,000 SEK-22%
Employee Engagement Specialist126,000 SEK-24%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator118,000 SEK-29%
Employee Performance Specialist125,000 SEK-25%
Employee Relations Manager137,000 SEK-18%
Employee Relations Practitioner116,000 SEK-30%
Employee Services Manager134,000 SEK-20%
Employment Advice Worker93,100 SEK-44%
Employment Interviewer106,000 SEK-36%
Employment Service Specialist110,000 SEK-34%
Employment Services Coordinator116,000 SEK-30%
Enrollment Counselor122,000 SEK-27%
Equal Opportunity Representative122,000 SEK-27%
Executive Human Capital Management177,000 SEK+6%
Executive Recruiter126,000 SEK-24%
Expatriate Administration Manager133,000 SEK-20%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor111,000 SEK-33%
Global Mobility Manager138,000 SEK-17%
Headhunter132,000 SEK-21%
Health Benefits Coordinator107,000 SEK-36%
HRIS Analyst103,000 SEK-38%
HRIS Manager133,000 SEK-20%
HRIS Supervisor104,000 SEK-38%
Human Resources Administration Specialist102,000 SEK-39%
Human Resources Administrator100,000 SEK-40%
Human Resources Advisor125,000 SEK-25%
Human Resources Analyst105,000 SEK-37%
Human Resources Assessor90,500 SEK-46%
Human Resources Assistant Manager143,000 SEK-14%
Human Resources Associate108,000 SEK-35%
Human Resources Consultant122,000 SEK-27%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager136,000 SEK-18%
Human Resources Generalist127,000 SEK-24%
Human Resources Manager166,000 SEK-0%
Human Resources Officer102,000 SEK-39%
Human Resources Representative95,600 SEK-43%
Human Resources Section Head131,000 SEK-21%
Human Resources Superintendent99,200 SEK-40%
Human Resources Training Executive133,000 SEK-20%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist140,000 SEK-16%
Job Evaluation Specialist129,000 SEK-23%
Labor Relations Director145,000 SEK-13%
Labor Relations Manager143,000 SEK-14%
Labor Relations Specialist107,000 SEK-36%
Learning and Development Manager130,000 SEK-22%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer100,000 SEK-40%
Organizational Development Consultant138,000 SEK-17%
Organizational Development Manager140,000 SEK-16%
Organizational Development Specialist101,000 SEK-39%
Payroll Assistant77,000 SEK-54%
Payroll Supervisor97,300 SEK-42%
People Development Officer107,000 SEK-36%
Personnel Officer97,600 SEK-41%
Records Clerk54,900 SEK-67%
Records Manager122,000 SEK-27%
Recruiter127,000 SEK-24%
Recruiting Coordinator94,800 SEK-43%
Recruiting Manager163,000 SEK-2%
Recruitment Consultant137,000 SEK-18%
Recruitment Officer114,000 SEK-32%
Recruitment Supervisor131,000 SEK-21%
Research Associate121,000 SEK-27%
SAP Resource Manager141,000 SEK-15%
Talent Acquisition Specialist122,000 SEK-27%
Talent Management Officer148,000 SEK-11%
Training and Development Section Head132,000 SEK-21%
Training Executive155,000 SEK-7%
Training Officer94,300 SEK-43%

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Goteborg159,000 SEK
Malmo151,000 SEK
Stockholm182,000 SEK
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