Occupational Employment Statistics


13-1075 Labor Relations Specialists

Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints. Excludes equal employment opportunity (EEO) officers who are included in “Compliance Officers” (13-1041).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 20018$32.12/hr$9.96/hr$19.77/hr$30.56/hr$45.41/hr$53.85/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$38.54/hr
Financial Activities40$39.72/hr
Professional and Business Services50$44.13/hr
Education and Health Services40$43.00/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services2,310$39.35/hr
Public Administration30$40.41/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northwest Minnesota N/A$43.51/hr0.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$33.78/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$24.22/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota 20$26.50/hr1.1%
Southwest Balance of State 30$26.26/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 50$25.44/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 60$27.20/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$27.54/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$42.06/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 130$23.94/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 150N/A19.0%
Southeast Minnesota 200$30.56/hr0.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,000$40.99/hr-8.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,010$40.96/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,530$39.62/hr-5.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 2,380$46.99/hr4.5%
Human Resources Managers 4,560$55.75/hr8.1%
Lawyers 11,420$53.91/hr9.2%
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists N/A$33.74/hr11.4%
Compensation and Benefits Managers N/A$52.58/hr6.1%
Human Resources Specialists 13,000$30.74/hr5.4%
Instructional Coordinators 3,860$36.24/hr8.2%
Social and Community Service Managers 4,010$36.13/hr9.6%
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 30$42.38/hrN/A
Financial Managers 15,750$60.42/hr16.8%

  • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions, such as written reprimands, suspensions, or terminations.
  • Monitor company or workforce adherence to labor agreements.
  • Mediate discussions between employer and employee representatives in attempt to reconcile differences.
  • Call or meet with union, company, government, or other interested parties to discuss labor relations matters, such as contract negotiations or grievances.
  • Interpret contractual agreements for employers and employees engaged in collective bargaining or other labor relations processes.
  • Investigate and evaluate union complaints or arguments to determine viability.
  • Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures.
  • Schedule or coordinate the details of grievance hearings or other meetings.
  • Review employer practices or employee data to ensure compliance with contracts on matters such as wages, hours, or conditions of employment.
  • Write letters related to labor relations activities, such as letters to amend collective bargaining agreements, letters of dispute or conciliation, or letters to seek clarification of contract terms.