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. With some bonuses approaching $72K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $40K, overall incomes of Chief Human Resources Officers spread between $85K and $282K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. There are more female Chief Human Resources Officers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. 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)

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 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. 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.

Chief Human Resources Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $92K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $131K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $165K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $176K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $162,556

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 Atlanta (+29 percent), New York (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

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

Strategic Planning
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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%