More respect, better pay for HR: Toronto study

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/18/2003

HR may have a way to go, but better compensation is proof the profession is gaining respect with the rest of the business community, said the chair of the Toronto Board of Trade’s compensation survey committee.

“My gut feeling is that HR is still at or near the bottom of the pack when it comes to the senior executive workforce,” said David Tuck, who is also the manager of compensation and benefits with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. “But at one point and time (HR) might have been considered a poor cousin and now that is no longer the case.”

The Board of Trade recently completed its survey of more than 300 Toronto businesses. At the most senior level the median salary for HR professionals is now $146,000. By contrast, executive level marketing professionals make a median salary of $149, 900.