SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

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HR Specialists perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview and place workers. 


HR Assistants compile and keep personnel records. Record data for each employee, such as address, weekly earnings, absences, amount of sales or production, supervisory reports, and date of and reason for termination. May prepare reports for employment records, file employment records, or search employee files and furnish information to authorized persons.

Average Salaries

Fast Facts:

HR Specialists

  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013), the national mean annual wage is $61,560.
  • Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Areas has the 4th highest employment of HR Specialists in the country and an average wage of $62,740 per year.

HR Assistants

  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013), the national mean annual wage  is $38,520.
  • Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Areas has the 4th highest employment of HR Assistants in the country and an average wage of $42,310 per year.
  • The Kankakee-Bradley, IL area has the 6th highest average salary in the country for HR Assistants at $45,970 per year.