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2021 Highest Paid Human Resource Management Graduates

11,757 Bachelor's Degrees
$42,441 Avg Salary
$29,478 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Human Resource Management School for You

Highest Paid Human Resource Management GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, human resource management was ranked #42. In fact, 11,757 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. The HR school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid HR Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Human Resource Management Graduates ranking looked at 140 colleges that offer a bachelor's in HR.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Human Resource Management Majors

After graduating, human resource management majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $42,441 per year. This is 7% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

Average Salary for HR Graduates from Schools Nationwide  42,441
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Human Resource Management Grads in the United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid HR graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid HR Graduates

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, HR majors make an average salary of $66,700.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Cornell take out while working on their bachelor's is $13,527. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $140.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Miami University - Oxford. Miami of Ohio is a large public school located in the fringe town of Oxford.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in HR from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $63,900.

HR majors at U of Michigan take out an average of $13,521 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $134, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Benedictine University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Lisle, Benedictine U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, HR majors make an average salary of $62,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from Benedictine U carry an average student debtload of $32,018. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $308.

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#3

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Santa Clara University. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from SCU carry an average student debtload of $18,181.

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#4

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Our rankings recognize Michigan State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in HR from the school is $59,700.

HR majors at Michigan State take out an average of $23,409 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human resource management school. Located in the large city of San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Our rankings recognize Bethel University Minnesota as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in HR from the school is $59,300.

While working on their bachelor's, HR majors at Bethel University Minnesota accumulate an average of around $24,695 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $230.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human resource management school. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Northwestern U take out while working on their bachelor's is $28,621. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $329.

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#6

Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Immaculata University. Located in the large suburb of Immaculata, Immaculata is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $55,900.

HR majors at Immaculata take out an average of $31,718 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $350.

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Francisco State University. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Colorado State University - Global Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Colorado State University - Global Campus is a large public school located in the city of Greenwood Village. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $54,900.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Colorado State University - Global Campus take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,796. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $217, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Seattle Campus as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $54,900.

On average, HR graduates from UW Seattle take out $10,434 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $106, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Washington University in St Louis earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, HR majors make an average salary of $53,900.

On average, HR graduates from St. Joe's take out $23,327 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $273, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $53,700.

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Colorado Christian University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood, CCU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in HR from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $52,200.

On average, HR graduates from CCU take out $31,056 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $303.

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#12

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human resource management school. Located in the city of Waco, Baylor is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $51,200.

On average, HR graduates from Baylor take out $21,802 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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#13

Providence College

Providence, RI

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Providence College. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Southern Nazarene University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human resource management school. Located in the large suburb of Bethany, SNU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $51,200.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from SNU carry an average student debtload of $19,050. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $195, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid human resource management school. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in HR from the school is $50,900.

On average, HR graduates from Capella University take out $29,792 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $320, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,000.

On average, HR graduates from Penn State University Park take out $28,113 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - Lehigh Valley comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Penn State Lehigh Valley is a fairly small public school located in the large suburb of Center Valley. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,000.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Penn State Lehigh Valley take out while working on their bachelor's is $28,113. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bryant University. Located in the suburb of Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from Bryant carry an average student debtload of $22,907. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $269.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington. Penn State New Kensington is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of New Kensington. HR majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,000.

HR majors at Penn State New Kensington take out an average of $28,113 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Human Resource Management Graduates

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Human Resource Management Graduates award.

Rank College Location
26 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
26 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
27 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
28 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
28 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
29 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
32 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
22 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
23 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
24 Nyack College Nyack, NY
25 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN

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Related Major Annual Graduates
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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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