Survey Gives Insight on Architecture and Engineering Firms’ HR Practices

The average HR director in an architecture, engineering, planning or environmental consulting firm has 18 years of experience and earns a base salary of $128,500, according to Zweig Group’s 2017 Policies, Procedures and Benefits Survey. Most firms (74 percent) paid a bonus to their HR director last year, with the median bonus being around 5 percent of the director’s salary. 

Forty-two percent of all responding firms did not have a full-time HR department, and 81 percent of respondents said that the person in charge of HR functions participates in the firm’s annual business planning process. Only 20 percent of respondents said the person in charge of HR functions has an MBA or other master’s degree.

Many firms are paying a significant portion (70 percent to 80 percent) of the health care premium for employee-only coverage and 50 percent to 80 percent of the premium for employee/family plans.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents offer tuition or fee reimbursement for continued education. The median dollar amount covered was $3,500. Only 3 percent of responding firms did not pay for any fees associated with a professional society membership.