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Associate Degrees in Human Resource Management

1,066 Yearly Graduations
$32,400 Median Salary
$24,819 Median Debt
An associate degree in HR is offered at 127 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 36% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.1% of HR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HR Majors

In 2019-2020, 1,066 associate degrees were awarded to HR majors. This earns it the #10 spot on the list of the most popular associate degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in HR at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 11,331
Master’s Degree 9,112
Basic Certificate 2,691
Graduate Certificate 1,700
Associate Degree 1,066
Undergraduate Certificate 427
Doctor’s Degree 289

Earnings of HR Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in HR is $32,400. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $32,400 to a high of $33,000.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate degree in HR is $24,819. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $24,819 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $19,916.


The median monthly payment of a HR graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $258.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate degree in HR. About 73.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 288
Women 778

The racial-ethnic distribution of HR associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 42
Black or African American 160
Hispanic or Latino 144
White 632
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 76

There are 127 colleges that offer an associate degree in HR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

HR Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Human Resources Management 785
Labor & Industrial Relations 158
Organizational Behavior Studies 106
Human Resources Development 11
Labor Studies 5

Below are some popular majors that are similar to HR that offer associate degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 60,445
Business & Commerce 17,132
Accounting 11,615
Business Support & Assistance 3,542
Hospitality Management 2,636


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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