Training specialists earn more than average HR professionals

Training professionals are earning higher than the average HR salary for the first time in 10 years, although compensation and benefits remains the highest-paid HR specialism.

Learning, training and development professionals are earning higher than the average HR salary, according to the latest reward survey from Croner Reward in association with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Managers in the learning and development field earn an average of £45,000, compared to £37,739 last year. They were previously the lowest-paid specialists in the HR industry, alongside recruitment specialists and employee relations.

Compensation and benefits specialists are the highest-paid specialism receiving as much as 16% above the average salary for a senior manager (£50,000 compared with £43,272).

Charles Cotton, CIPD reward adviser, said: “Skills shortages and the need for continuous change within organisations are forcing employers to increasingly recognise the strategic importance of learning and development. This is being reflected in the increased salaries that many learning, training and development specialists now receive.”