Human Resources and Employee Safety Salary Insights – Food and Beverage Salaries Series #6

September 12, 2022 in Career and Job Search Tips, Food & Beverage Industry Information, HR Best Practices



Strong Leadership in HR and Safety – a Competitive Advantage

Human Resource and Employee Safety professionals are absolutely critical to today’s food manufacturing businesses.

  • HR plays an essential role in attracting employees to your organization and enhancing the employee experience once they’re a part of the company. You need top talent to manage compensation and benefits for your staff, time off, and employee performance and career development, in addition to recruiting and hiring. Many of these investments by HR contribute to keeping employees satisfied and engaged at a high level.
  • In addition, a safe and healthy workplace not only protects workers from injury and illness, it can also lower injury/illness costs, reduce absenteeism and turnover, increase productivity and quality, and raise employee morale.

Having the best possible talent in both HR and Safety leadership and individual contributor roles can have a direct impact on your company’s bottom line.


As is the case with many jobs right now, the talent shortage has impacted the salary expectations of these employees–especially the good ones who have other options (and they know it). Offering anything less than the median base salary can derail your recruiting efforts. Or, worse yet, you may lose these important employees as soon as a better offer comes along.


To help you better plan for new hires and retain your top talent, Kinsa Group food and beverage executive recruiters have collected salary data from more than 8,000 candidate interviews across several food and beverage categories and skillsets during the past two years.  We share that data with employers and job candidates alike in our 2022 Food and Beverage Salary Guide so that you can stay competitive in the dynamic labor market of 2022. We’re taking some time this week to expand on Employee Safety and Human Resource titles and salaries shared within these pages…

Exploring the Human Resources Career Path

Human Resources professionals have the option to progress their career as a Generalist within the discipline or as a Specialist focusing on one area of HR.  Kinsa’s Salary Survey for 2022 found that:

  • HR Generalists reported a median base salary of $70,000, down from $80,000 in 2021, and the range for Generalists shrunk to $50,000 on the low side to $100,000 on the high side.  This may be because many companies have taken to referring to their more senior HR Generalists as HR Business Partners.
  • HR Business Partners ranged from $60,000 to $130,000 in reported base salary, with the median being $100,000.
  • Human Resource Managers reported a median base salary of $100,000, exactly the same as last year, and an identical range of $70,000 to $155,000 as well.
  • Director of Human Resources respondents provided a median base salary of $140,000, down 12% from $160,000 in 2021.  Though the high end of the range did increase from $220,000 to $260,000–typically depending on the size and scope of the food processing business led.
  • Vice President of Human Resources or People Strategies held steady also at a median of $190,000, and the range of $120,000 to $300,000 was very similar to the prior year as well.
  • Kinsa added Chief HR Officer responses in 2022, reporting a median of $240,000 and the high end of the range not much different than VP of HR responses at $310,000.

Specialized roles in Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, and Employee Safety

  • Recruiter / Talent Acquisition Specialists reported base salaries ranging from $40,000 to $135,000 with the median being $90,000.
  • Talent Acquisition Managers and Directors had a median base pay of $130,000 in 2022 and a range from $90,000 to as high as $180,000.
  • Benefits and Compensation Manager respondents said their base pay ranged from $100,000 to $135,000 with the median at $120,000.
  • Employee Health and Safety Manager had a median pay of $110,000 but ranged widely from $70,000 to $150,000.

Kinsa Group’s 2022 Food and Beverage Salary Guide

Direct your attention to page 13 of the 2022 Salary Guide to see the complete range of pay by Human Resources / Safety position titles from the CHRO to EHS Safety Specialist.

Feel free to reach out to our team or contact us to assist you with launching a new search to hire an HR professional for your company today.

Looking for the complete food and beverage salary insight guide? Download now for free and get access to the range and median of food and beverage salaries from C-Suite to Sales and Innovation to Operations.


If you are a professional seeking a new Human Resources position, review the specific job titles Kinsa Group typically recruits for and consider applying to one of Kinsa Group’s current job openings today! 

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