Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salary

Average pay for Chief Human Resources Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($159K). Total cash compensation to Chief Human Resources Officers bottoms out near $88K and approaches $312K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $90K from bonuses and almost $51K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. The majority of Chief Human Resources Officers (68 percent) who took the survey are female. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$87,165 - $251,566
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MEDIAN: $158,524
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$87,165 - $251,566  
   
Bonus
$2,686 - $89,943  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $50,868  
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$87,757 - $312,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 380

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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 seem to require a number of 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Labor Relations and Employee Relations. Most people who know Employee Relations also know 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $89K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $143K. Chief Human Resources Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $169K. 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 $194K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $170,509

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Nashville (+32 percent), New York (+25 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Seattle and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 6 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
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
55%
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Experience Affects Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries

▲14%

National Average
$171,000

▼1%

▼16%

Entry-Level
▼48%

Skills That Affect Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salaries



Benefits & Compensation
▼0%

National Average
$171,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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