The Value of PHR and SPHR Certifications Does Location Matter?

Wherever the zip code, the PHR and SPHR certifications boost the pay of those that hold them. PayScale looked at the 20 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States and found median pay to be higher with the PHR than without, and even higher still with the SPHR. This interactive map shows median annual pay numbers for HR professionals at all levels of experience, working in companies of all sizes.

To see the complete results, get the research report: The Value of the PHR or SPHR, Sugarcoating or Career Sweetener?

To see the complete results, get the research report: The Value of the PHR or SPHR, Sugarcoating or Career Sweetener?

Methodology

Using its database of over 40 million salary profiles and 250 compensable factors, PayScale analyzed various aspects of Human Resources (HR) positions, comparing results for professionals with and without a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Limiting its research to data from March 2012 to March 2013, PayScale determined how HR positions for those holding a PHR or SPHR designation differ from those without either certification, in terms of pay levels nationally, across 10 industries and the 10 largest metropolitan areas. Additionally, PayScale completed further analysis that compares company sizes, gender and career progression.