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Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resource Management

11,331 Yearly Graduations
$42,900 Median Salary
$26,266 Median Debt
There are 409 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in HR. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 35% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 3.6% of HR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HR Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 11,331 students earned their bachelor's degree in HR. This makes it the 8th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in HR is $42,900. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $39,900 and the high is $45,150.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in HR is $26,266. 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, $44,017 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $22,250.


Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $273.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in HR. About 67.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,642
Women 7,689

The racial-ethnic distribution of HR bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 536
Black or African American 1,440
Hispanic or Latino 1,539
White 6,368
International Students 410
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,038

There are 409 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in HR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

HR Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Human Resources Management 7,149
Organizational Behavior Studies 1,961
Labor & Industrial Relations 1,051
Human Resources Development 682
Other Human Resources Management 434

Below are some popular majors that are similar to HR that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 169,868
Accounting 52,477
Finance & Financial Management 48,043
Marketing 45,007
Business & Commerce 24,866


*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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