Are The PHR and SPHR Sugarcoating or Career Sweeteners? A Sneak Peek of New PayScale Research

Sneak Peek: The Market Value of PHR and SPHR Certifications from

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

Next week at SHRM 2013, PayScale will release a report showing the impact of human resources certification on annual salaries and career progression. Entitled “The Value of PHR and SPHR Certifications:  Sugar Coating or Career Sweetener?”  This year’s study also compared salaries across positions, industries, geographic location, genders to get the complete picture of the impact of the PHR and SPHR certifications on HR careers. A sneak preview of the report’s highlights are above.

Come back June 17th to be one of the first to see the infographic, find your city on the interactive map and download the complete research report.

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Editors note: the full report, interactive map and infographic are now available! 

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A previous study was conducted on this topic last year by Lyons, entitled “A reexamination of the web-based job demand for PHR and SPHR certifications in the United States.” The authors showed relationships between HR certification demand and industry, pay, job level, and a few other variables. I’m interested to see how the results stack up against each other from payscale’s research.

I must say that although the report is somewhat interesting from an individual consumer standpoint, it fails to outline the organizational impacts or the individual performance variations that a PHR or SPHR certification brings. I hardly see any relevant “benefits” in reading this report. It is clearly a marketing tool for the certification. For those who have conducted the study, you should be aware although the training requirements to take the exam is somewhat comprehensive, a PHR or SPHR certification is not nearly as critical as a bachelor’s degree business or related field and should not be considered relevant to… Read more »