Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salary

Chief Human Resources Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $150K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Chief Human Resources Officers — which occasionally include more than $72K from bonuses and more than $40K from profit sharing — stretch from around $85K to approximately $282K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chief Human Resources Officers (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Chief Human Resources Officers largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$84,251 - $238,337
MEDIAN: $149,570

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$84,251 - $238,337  
$0.00 - $72,184  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $40,268  
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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).
$85,289 - $282,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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)

Job skills reported by Chief Human Resources Officers are limited. 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. Those familiar with Employee Relations also tend to 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.

Chief Human Resources Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $92K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $131K. On average, Chief Human Resources Officers make $165K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $176K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $162,556

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

For Chief Human Resources Officers, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Chief Human Resources Officers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+29 percent), New York (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 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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Benefits & Compensation

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 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: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%