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Human Resources Manager Average Salary in Iceland 2022

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

Average Monthly Salary
974,000 ISK
( 11,700,000 ISK yearly)


A person working as a Human Resources Manager in Iceland typically earns around 974,000 ISK per month. Salaries range from 448,000 ISK (lowest) to 1,550,000 ISK (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 Iceland

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

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Manager salaries in Iceland range from 448,000 ISK per month (minimum salary) to 1,550,000 ISK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,050,000 ISK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 1,050,000 ISK while the other half are earning more than 1,050,000 ISK. 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 675,000 ISK while 75% of them are earning more than 675,000 ISK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 1,400,000 ISK while 25% are earning more than 1,400,000 ISK.

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 508,000 ISK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 679,000 ISK per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,000,000 ISK per month, 48% 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 1,220,000 ISK per month, 22% 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 1,330,000 ISK per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 1,440,000 ISK per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Manager average salary change by experience in Iceland

0 - 2 Years
508,000 ISK
2 - 5 Years+34%
679,000 ISK
5 - 10 Years+48%
1,000,000 ISK
10 - 15 Years+22%
1,220,000 ISK
15 - 20 Years+9%
1,330,000 ISK
20+ Years+8%
1,440,000 ISK
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 591,000 ISK per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,140,000 ISK per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Human Resources Manager average salary difference by education level in Iceland

Bachelor's Degree
591,000 ISK
Master's Degree+93%
1,140,000 ISK
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 Iceland costs anywhere from 3,440,000 Iceland Krona(s) to 10,300,000 Iceland 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 Iceland earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

996,000 ISK
951,000 ISK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Iceland for all Careers

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Human Resources Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Iceland

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

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager(s) in Iceland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Iceland / 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 Iceland is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Iceland for the year 2021. 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 Iceland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Iceland 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.

33% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 67% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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 Manager Average Hourly Wage in Iceland

5,620 ISK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Iceland is 5,620 ISK. This means that the average Human Resources Manager in Iceland earns approximately 5,620 ISK 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 50% more than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Benefits Administrator426,000 ISK-56%
Benefits Analyst510,000 ISK-48%
Benefits Manager861,000 ISK-12%
Chief People Officer1,040,000 ISK+7%
Compensation Analyst509,000 ISK-48%
Compensation and Benefits Manager838,000 ISK-14%
Compensation and Benefits Officer357,000 ISK-63%
Compensation Manager859,000 ISK-12%
Corporate Director of Human Resources1,080,000 ISK+11%
Corporate Trainer522,000 ISK-46%
Employee Benefits Administrator618,000 ISK-37%
Employee Communications Manager739,000 ISK-24%
Employee Development Specialist705,000 ISK-28%
Employee Engagement Specialist715,000 ISK-27%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator679,000 ISK-30%
Employee Performance Specialist526,000 ISK-46%
Employee Relations Manager737,000 ISK-24%
Employee Relations Practitioner741,000 ISK-24%
Employee Services Manager736,000 ISK-24%
Employment Advice Worker343,000 ISK-65%
Employment Interviewer513,000 ISK-47%
Employment Service Specialist422,000 ISK-57%
Employment Services Coordinator475,000 ISK-51%
Enrollment Counselor679,000 ISK-30%
Equal Opportunity Representative525,000 ISK-46%
Executive Human Capital Management1,070,000 ISK+10%
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Expatriate Administration Manager719,000 ISK-26%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor489,000 ISK-50%
Global Mobility Manager914,000 ISK-6%
Headhunter712,000 ISK-27%
Health Benefits Coordinator422,000 ISK-57%
HRIS Analyst388,000 ISK-60%
HRIS Manager620,000 ISK-36%
HRIS Supervisor356,000 ISK-63%
Human Resources Administration Specialist398,000 ISK-59%
Human Resources Administrator436,000 ISK-55%
Human Resources Advisor709,000 ISK-27%
Human Resources Analyst576,000 ISK-41%
Human Resources Assessor400,000 ISK-59%
Human Resources Assistant Manager780,000 ISK-20%
Human Resources Associate290,000 ISK-70%
Human Resources Consultant784,000 ISK-19%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager624,000 ISK-36%
Human Resources Generalist549,000 ISK-44%
Human Resources Manager974,000 ISK+0%
Human Resources Officer388,000 ISK-60%
Human Resources Representative382,000 ISK-61%
Human Resources Section Head689,000 ISK-29%
Human Resources Superintendent361,000 ISK-63%
Human Resources Training Executive689,000 ISK-29%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist926,000 ISK-5%
Job Evaluation Specialist667,000 ISK-31%
Labor Relations Director812,000 ISK-17%
Labor Relations Manager811,000 ISK-17%
Labor Relations Specialist364,000 ISK-63%
Learning and Development Manager909,000 ISK-7%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer383,000 ISK-61%
Organizational Development Consultant791,000 ISK-19%
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Organizational Development Specialist431,000 ISK-56%
Payroll Assistant338,000 ISK-65%
Payroll Supervisor407,000 ISK-58%
People Development Officer539,000 ISK-45%
Personnel Officer304,000 ISK-69%
Records Clerk261,000 ISK-73%
Records Manager425,000 ISK-56%
Recruiter725,000 ISK-26%
Recruiting Coordinator358,000 ISK-63%
Recruiting Manager946,000 ISK-3%
Recruitment Consultant668,000 ISK-31%
Recruitment Officer379,000 ISK-61%
Recruitment Supervisor560,000 ISK-42%
Research Associate339,000 ISK-65%
SAP Resource Manager700,000 ISK-28%
Talent Acquisition Specialist588,000 ISK-40%
Talent Management Officer461,000 ISK-53%
Training and Development Section Head719,000 ISK-26%
Training Executive837,000 ISK-14%
Training Officer335,000 ISK-66%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Reykjavik1,130,000 ISK

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 Iceland earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
611,000 ISK
Public Sector+25%
763,000 ISK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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