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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
Southwest Minnesota 309$38.76/hr$25.24/hr$29.82/hr$39.62/hr$48.13/hr$48.35/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$43.41/hr
Financial Activities30$59.46/hr
Professional and Business Services110$52.22/hr
Education and Health Services80$51.89/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services1,660$47.67/hr
Public Administration60$45.23/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota 30$39.62/hr-1.7%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$36.88/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$39.89/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 40$39.89/hr-1.9%
St Cloud MN MSA 60$42.16/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$42.16/hr-5.5%
Rochester MN MSA 70$48.09/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 70$38.47/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 130$40.53/hr-2.6%
Northeast Minnesota 200$39.46/hr-2.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 200$39.46/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,440$48.49/hr-5.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,460$48.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,950$47.69/hr-4.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 1,860$50.65/hr2.2%
Human Resources Managers 3,800$70.82/hr6.7%
Lawyers 11,560$74.29/hr8.2%
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 1,940$38.85/hr7.8%
Compensation and Benefits Managers 280$68.09/hrN/A
Human Resources Specialists 16,890$36.69/hr7.9%
Instructional Coordinators 3,360$38.24/hr6.5%
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 30$59.98/hrN/A
Chief Executives 6,680$94.67/hr-8.1%
Social and Community Service Managers 5,380$39.35/hr11.8%

  • Monitor company or workforce adherence to labor agreements.
  • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions, such as written reprimands, suspensions, or terminations.
  • 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.
  • Schedule or coordinate the details of grievance hearings or other meetings.
  • Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures.
  • 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.