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HR Executive Pay Trends

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HR Executive Pay Trends, an Equilar publication, analyzes compensation data for the top-paid Human Resources (HR) executives—typically the chief human resources officer (CHRO)—at their respective companies who served the entire fiscal year, including 843 individuals for fiscal year 2015 and 869 individuals for 2016. The report identifies trends and findings in the compensation of top-paid HR executives, as well as compensation breakdowns by industry. Allegis Partners offered commentary on how companies recruit and compensate their top HR executives.

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Key Findings:

  • Median pay increased year-over-year for most companies in the study, and those with revenue between $5 billion and $15 billion saw the largest total value and percentage change increase—up $128,000 or 9.2% increase
  • The healthcare sector saw the largest median HR total direct compensation value, growing from $1.9 million in 2015 to $2.2 million in 2016
  • Performance incentives accounted for a higher percentage of compensation on average than any other pay component at the largest companies, while base salary was the leading component in all other revenue ranges
  • Relative total shareholder return (TSR) was the most prevalent long-term incentive plan performance metric, provided to HR executives at 28.4% of companies in 2016. Revenue was the most common short-term incentive plan metric, tied to HR executive awards at 31.6% of companies in the study