Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salary

Salaries for Chief Human Resources Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($158K) per year. In the world of Chief Human Resources Officers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $93K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $51K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $91K and $316K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Chief Human Resources Officers survey respondents are women (71 percent). Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$90,680 - $254,914
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MEDIAN: $157,726
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Salary $90,680 - $254,914
Bonus $4,854 - $92,639
Profit Sharing $3,020 - $51,064
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$90,982 - $316,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 367

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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)


Chief Human Resources Officers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Benefits & Compensation, and Employee Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Labor Relations and Employee Relations. The majority of those who know Employee Relations also 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: $174,018

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

Chief Human Resources Officers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 51 percent. Chief Human Resources Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent), Nashville (+29 percent), Louisville (+27 percent), and Philadelphia (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 37 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (20 percent lower) and Los Angeles (14 percent lower).

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
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
61%
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Experience Affects Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries

▲16%

National Average
$174,000

▼5%

▼18%

Entry-Level
▼49%

Skills That Affect Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
61%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 5%
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