Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salary

On average, Chief Human Resources Officers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($150K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total incomes of Chief Human Resources Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $78K from bonuses and close to $51K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $86K and $285K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. The majority of Chief Human Resources Officers (66 percent) who took the survey are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$84,662 - $242,630

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$84,662 - $242,630  
$0.00 - $78,327  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $51,278  
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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).
$86,371 - $284,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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)

Survey results show that 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Labor Relations and Employee Relations. Those educated in Employee Relations tend to be well versed 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.

For many Chief Human Resources Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $102K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $139K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chief Human Resources Officers make a median salary of $167K. Chief Human Resources Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $174K.

Pay Difference by Location

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Chief Human Resources Officers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Chief Human Resources Officers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+30 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and New York (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 14 percent below the national 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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.


66 %
34 %

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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%