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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 $148K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Chief Human Resources Officers, overall income ranges from $86K near the bottom to $278K at the top; this can include more than $76K from bonuses and more than $24K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Women account for the majority of Chief Human Resources Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$83,916 - $233,321
MEDIAN: $147,793

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$83,916 - $233,321  
$0.00 - $76,266  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,328  
Total Pay (?
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).
$85,680 - $277,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255

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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 Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Labor Relations, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Employee Relations, Benefits & Compensation, 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.

People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $110K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $105K. Chief Human Resources Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $163K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $170K.

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Reviews

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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Organizational Development
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Labor Relations
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Benefits & Compensation
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Employee Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 6%