Short of changing jobs every couple of years, it's generally been difficult for HR professionals to determine how their situations compare to their peers elsewhere in the working world.

Now, thanks to XpertHR, you'll have some hard data to satisfy your curiosity. While the orders of magnitude may not be surprising, the richness of detail is what makes this survey worth perusing.

The firm's survey, "HR Staffing, Costs and Structure Benchmarks 2013 Report," sifted through data from 156 senior HR professionals. The top-of-the-pile results:

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.