For the 2020-2021 academic year, 94% of domestic graduates found full time placement. In spite of a difficult job market and unpredictable economy, no reported full time offers to LER graduates were lost due to COVID.  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 LER Placement Report can be downloaded here (PDF).

Full-Time Employment

For full-time entry-level hires, the average private sector salary was $78,000 with a range of $40,000 – $130,000. Forty-two percent accepted offers of employment where they interned.

Salary Acceptance by Region, 2020-2021

(full-time, private-sector)
Regional LocationsSalary AverageSalary Range
West$81,000$52,000 – $120,000
South$83,708$69,000 – $130,000
Northeast$86,200$75,000 – $100,000
Greater Midwest$80,836$55,000 – $90,000
Illinois$66,000$40,000 – $87,500

Top Full-Time Employers

(based on number of students hired)
  • PepsiCo (6)
  • Emerson (5)
  • General Mills (4)
  • AbbVie, UnitedHealth Group (3)
  • Amazon, bp, DuPont, IBM, MC Dean, Stellantis (2)


Of the students who were able to participate in their summer internships, the average private sector salary was $5,010/mo with a range of $2,080 – $6,500/mo.

Top Internship Employers

(based on number of students hired)
  • PepsiCo (10)
  • Marathon, UnitedHealth Group (5)
  • AbbVie, Eaton Corporation, Emerson, International Paper (3)
  • Boeing, Ford, KLA, PeopleSpark Consulting, Polaris, Stellantis, UPS, Zillow (2)