Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salary

Chief Human Resources Officers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $149K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $60K and $24K, respectively — total cash payment to Chief Human Resources Officers can bottom out near $89K or peak near $274K depending on individual performance. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Women make up the majority of Chief Human Resources Officers (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$86,786 - $235,290
MEDIAN: $149,461

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$86,786 - $235,290  
$0.00 - $60,342  
Profit Sharing
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Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$88,615 - $274,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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Job Description for Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Chief human resources officers (CHROs) hold a key administration position, regularly reporting to the chief executive officer and advising senior staff. They supervise all human resources administration for their company, including any human resources staff members. They design human resources practices and regulations, as well as present any proposals for changes to senior management and oversee implementation. Additionally, chief human resources officers help ensure their organization has the necessary workforce to meet all of business needs and goals.


Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Tasks

  • Account for and maintain human resources disciplines such as compensation, benefits, training, talent acquisition, and diversity.
  • Design, develop, implement, and manage human resource business projects and procedures.
  • Develop and improve recruiting practices and succession planning strategies.
  • Manage the day to day operations of the human resources department.
  • Oversee and ensure rewards programs are comprehensive, competitive, and align with business goals.

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Popular Skills for Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Chief Human Resources Officers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Benefits & Compensation, and Labor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Employee Relations and Labor Relations. It is often found that people who know Employee Relations are also skilled in Organizational Development and Labor Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief Human Resources Officers. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $102K per year. Chief Human Resources Officers bring in $167K after working for 10 to 20 years. Chief Human Resources Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $172K on average.

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What is it like working as a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)?

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in San Francisco:
Pros: Working for a growing and profitable organization. Working directly with the Board of Directors. The ability to impact the profitability of the company.
Cons: Lots of stress, very long hours and extensive travel. This is a 24/7 job.

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Experience Affects Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries

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Benefits & Compensation

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Labor Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.


68 %
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 6%