I’m an HR Manager for a small (41 employee) company in Chicago. I make $70,000 a year no bonuses. I’m SHRM-CP and PHR certified with four years experience and a masters in HR. Am I underpaid?

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Certs don’t really mean a whole lot when it comes to comp— it’s about experience. But I’d say you’re a tad underpaid—have you tested the waters recently to see what you’re worth in the current market?

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Maybe not for a company of your size. At a larger company, probably.

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Judging from your credentials, I'd say there's a good chance someone in Chicago could offer you more for what you're doing. Your company size is on the small side, but you appear to be a seasoned pro.

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I'd say so. Glassdoor has the average salary for an HR manager in the Chicago area at just over $90k base ($100k TC). I'd start looking.

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Glassdoor is not the most reliable source for comp data. I agree with what others have already said: I don't think this is so under-market for a company of this size.

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Definitely think you're. little underpaid. Especially with the PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Chicago is one of those places though that pays mean salaries a little low even though it's becoming just as expensive as anywhere else now.

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Agreed. I've noticed that across most major cities, Chicago on average has the lowest salaries especially in the human resources industry.

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Compared to someone doing what you do with the same qualifications at a larger company you would be underpaid. At a larger company, you would be making $20-30k more. If you're not satisfied with your salary, maybe consider applying to a bigger firm.

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You may be underpaid and here is what I'd do if I were you. See if you can get a title change/promotion to Director or HRBP and then market yourself. I think. you will see a huge bump in your salary.

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I was a HR Manager for a company with 1200 employees making $74k. Size of the company and responsibilities matter more than your certifications.

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What do your responsibilities entail? I work for a similarly sized company and make $90k with 6 years of experience. In addition to payroll, compliance, benefits etc. I'm also doing org development and training.

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A lot of it will depend on where the company is in its lifecycle. If it is established and most of the work is "maintenance", the salary sounds accurate. If it is growing, or if the HR function is new and you have to establish the infrastructure and have a more strategic vision, you may be underpaid.

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Having just done comparisons for that in the 60601 zip code, yes you are underpaid. As of July it was in the 105k range. But that includes having direct reports.

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I have four direct reports currently. But hopefully as our headcount continues to grow I can advocate for additional comp.

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You work in HR. Is this really how you go about doing market research on comp and other hr issues? I'd say it sounds like you're properly compensated.

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It sounds to me like your pay is fair. I did a little research on glassdoor and linked in and it seems to be right in line with what someone in your positiion at a different company would make.

Considering that you're working under a smaller company, I would say what you're making is totally fair. If we were talking about a bigger company for the same salary, you'd definitely be on the underpaid side. You should be making at least 30% more.

41 employees is easy I manage 235 employees for 85k.

Oh that’s terrible :(

I have to agree with FIT1. $70k for a small company is fair and reasonable. Why not switch to a bigger company?

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Yes u r underpaid but it also depends on the size of the company. And work load. Yes u can look for workday HR positions. Reach out I can help steer you.

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