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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Where Grads Work

For the 2015-2016 academic year, ninety-four percent of domestic graduates were employed and most found their positions through Career Services at the School of Labor & Employment Relations.

Graduates work in all aspects of human resources at companies around the world. In addition to the salaries reported below, most companies pay relocation expenses, some offer stock options immediately, and if you convert your internship to full-time employment, some companies will adjust your start date to reflect your intern work. The full 2015-2016 LER Placement Report can be downloaded here (PDF).

Full-Time Employment

For full-time entry-level hires, the average private sector salary was $77,310 with a range of $52,000 – $92,000. Signing bonuses averaged $7,694 ranging between $2,000 – $20,000. Eighty-nine percent of graduates found their positions through LER Career Services.

Salary Acceptance by Region, 2015-2016

(full-time, private-sector)
Regional Locations Salary Average Salary Range
West $78,706 $52,000 – $92,000
South $77,654 $60,000 – $91,000
Northeast $78,100 $68,000 – $83,500
Greater Midwest $80,363 $79,000 – $88,000
Illinois $72,082 $58,000 – $82,000


Top Full-Time Employers

(based on number of students hired)
  • Boeing (7)
  • PepsiCo (6)
  • General Mills, International Paper, McKesson, Raytheon (3)
  • Eaton Corporation, EY, General Electric, Nestle (2)


Interns received an average salary of $5,166 per month (private sector), with a range of $1,600-$7,000 per month. One hundred percent of eligible domestic LER students were placed in internships and 46% of graduating domestic LER students accepted a full-time position with the company at which they interned the previous summer.

Top Internship Employers

(based on number of students hired)

  • Boeing, PepsiCo (8)
  •  Amgen (6)
  • General Mills (4)
  • AbbVie, Ford, Honeywell, McKesson, Nestle (2)