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Which industries are leading the pack in terms of salary and benefits for HR professionals? We examine HR jobs in a wide variety of industries from Cosmetics to Construction and FMCG to Finance.

According to website 'Small Business Notes', the industries which are amongst the highest earning are IT and Telecommunications, followed by Science, Finance, Aviation and Pharmaceuticals. Industries with the lowest annual incomes are reported to be Textiles, Retail, Agriculture and Child Care.

The National Compensation Study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in March 2006, reported that the most common benefits offered in workplaces today include health care (32%), child care (15%), fitness programs (13%), stock options (8%) and flexible working conditions (4%).

HR Partners has taken the results from the 'HR Salary Survey' portal to reveal which industries are leading the pack in regards to salary packages, and how many people from each industry are earning bonuses and commissions on top of their annual salary.

HR Professionals in Australia:

Industry
Median Salary Package
% of Employees who receive bonsues / commissions
Agriculture
$106,275
39%
Arts, Theatre & Entertainment
$83,657
50%
Automotive
$93,467
40%
Aviation and Aerospace
$92,650
43%
Business and Professional Services
$91,015
50%
Chemical
$123,170
83% >> Highest
Childcare
$64,310
40%
Construction
$91,015
45%
Defence
$85,565
29%
Education
$77,935
23%
Electronics, Electrical Goods & Gaming
$92,650
40%
Energy & Utilities
$109,000
56%
Environmental Services
$73,575
21%
Essential Services
$98,645
7% >> Lowest
FMCG
$116,085
63%
Financial Services
$109,000
69%
Fitness
$59,950 >> Lowest
30%
Food & Beverage
$111,725
54%
Gaming & Racing
$90,470
53%
Healthcare
$81,750
26%
Hospitality & Accommodation
$71,940
30%
Information Technology & Internet
$92,650
57%
Infrastructure & Roads
$87,200
35%
Justice & Legal
$105,185
28%
Manufacturing
$87,200
50%
Media
$98,100
47%
Mining & Resources
$98,100
46%
Oil & Petroleum
$107,365
53%
Personal Services
$104,640
82%
Pharmaceutical
$101,915
74%
Print & Publishing
$89,652
40%
Property
$130,800 >> Highest
67%
Recruitment & Employment
$81,750
62%
Retail
$87,200
43%
Science & Technology
$80,115
37%
Security & Protection
$95,920
60%
Superannuation
$99,735
40%
Telecommunications
$87,745
62%
Trade Services
$70,850
61%
Transport, Shipping & Storage
$87,200
47%
Travel & Tourism
$72,485
44%
Welfare & Community Services
$75,210
11%
Wholesale Trade
$97,010
45%

According to the 'HR Salary Survey' portal data, the top earners are the HR, Recruitment and OH & S professionals in Property, earning a median salary package of $130,800, closely followed by Chemical at $123,170. Those in Chemical are also enjoying more bonuses and commissions than HR specialists in any other industry, at 83%, followed by the 82% in Personal Services HR. At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Fitness industry, with a median annual salary package of $59,950 and Childcare at $64,310. In terms of bonuses or commissions, Essential Services are trailing behind the rest at 7%, with Welfare and Community Services just in front, with 11% of Australian HR, Recruitment and OH & S professionals receiving bonuses or commissions on top of their yearly salary package.


Non Cash Benefits:

Below is a table with a detailed breakdown of the non-cash benefits listed on 'HR Salary Survey' portal and which industries within the Australian HR, Recruitment and OH&S sector rank at the top of the heap!

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Cash Benefit
Industry
The industry whose employees most commonly receive this benefit:
Company Paid Training
Superannuation & Pharmaceutical
60% of employees receive
Car Park
Electronics, Electrical Goods & Gaming
60% of employees receive
Car and / or Car Allowance
Chemical
58% of employees receive
Flexible Working Hours
Pharmaceutical
56% of employees receive
Additional Superannuation
Superannuation
50% of employees receive
Mobile Phone / Mobile Phone Allowance
Agriculture
50% of employees receive
Gym/Health Club Membership
Fitness
40% of employees receive
Health Care Subsidies
Defence
26% of employees receive
Stock Options
Infrastructure & Roads
17% of employees receive
Extra Annual Leave
Defence
12% of employees receive
Child Day Care
Childcare
10% of employees receive
Overtime Payments
Essential Services
7% of employees receive


Data current as at March 2009
Based on Permanent/full time roles
Industries with > 10 records have not been included in report

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