Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salary

Chief Human Resources Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $158K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Chief Human Resources Officers approaches anywhere from $89K on the lower end to $316K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $95K from bonuses and upwards of $51K from profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Chief Human Resources Officers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$88,789 - $252,285
$89K
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MEDIAN: $158,257
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Salary
$88,789 - $252,285  
   
Bonus
$2,565 - $94,757  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $51,064  
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$89,469 - $316,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 356

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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.

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Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Tasks

  • Manage the day to day operations of the human resources department.
  • Oversee and ensure rewards programs are comprehensive, competitive, and align with business goals.
  • Develop and improve recruiting practices and succession planning strategies.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)


Survey takers who work as Chief Human Resources Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Benefits & Compensation, and Employee Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Labor Relations and Employee Relations. Those familiar with Employee Relations also tend to know Organizational Development and Labor Relations.

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

Pay by Experience for a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 18 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $143,000 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $166,000 based on 186 salaries. A Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $201,000 based on 200 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $171,914

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Chief Human Resources Officers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chief Human Resources Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+37 percent), Nashville (+31 percent), Louisville (+29 percent), and Philadelphia (+25 percent). Chief Human Resources Officers in Portland make 36 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Houston and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Advice

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

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in New York:
You are only as good as your team. Positive collaboration with all levels is key to a successful career.

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in San Francisco:
"Challenging."
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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Key Stats for Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
56%
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Experience Affects Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries

▲17%

National Average
$172,000

▼4%

▼17%

Entry-Level
▼49%

Skills That Affect Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
56%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 6%