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Worth It? The Value of the PHR and SPHR

PHR/SPHR WORTH IT? Finding a means to differentiate yourself from peers is a constant challenge. Human resource professionals have the option of attaining the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications. PayScale data shows that those who attain it gain a valuable education, and also increase their job opportunities and pay. HIGHER, FASTER Holding a PHR and SPHR provides a powerful boost to career momentum. With either certification, HR professionals are more likely to advance to more senior roles. HR Assistant HR Administrator HR Generalist HR Manager HR Director 12% 27% 48% 57% 8% 16% 70% Percentage receiving promotion within 5 years, with PHR/SPHR and without 27% 30% 33% JOIN THE MANAGEMENT CLUB With each rung up the career ladder, the frequency of certification increases. In addition, the research shows that nearly half of those HR professionals with the greatest levels of responsibility hold either the PHR or SPHR HR HR Assistant HR Administrator C for HR Generalist Like HR Manager HR Director Vice President, HR Percent With Certification 35% 40% 45% 20% 25% 30% 5% 10% 15% CERTS = MORE $ HR professionals who hold the PHR or SPHR tend to make more money than their peers who do not. While the difference is relatively small at more junior roles, the difference becomes more significant in more senior positions. HR Administrator HR Generalist HR Assistant HR Manager HR Director $43,300 $34,600 EITHER CERT $85,700 $64,900 $50,700 NEITHER CERT $43,700 $38,600 $32,200 $76,500 $54,200 METROS WHERE IT MATTERS MOST In these cities, the benefit of having the PHR or SPHR is particularly big-more than $20k in salary. +$20,000 +$20,100 +$26,200 +$27,400 +$23,900 RANK Washington D.C. 2 Los Angeles Dallas Chicago Boston :: PayScale PHR/SPHR WITHOUT

Worth It? The Value of the PHR and SPHR

shared by PayScale on Jun 25
New research conducted by quantifies the impact of gaining certification. The data shows that HR professionals with the PHR and SPHR designations move up the career ladder faster and ma...




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