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Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Salary

Compensation for Chief Human Resources Officers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($148K). Cash earnings for Chief Human Resources Officers — including $78K in bonuses and $24K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $84K to $278K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Chief Human Resources Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$82,783 - $233,467
MEDIAN: $148,274

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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.
$82,783 - $233,467  
$0.00 - $77,760  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,161  
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).
$84,167 - $277,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264

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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 suggest that Chief Human Resources Officers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Labor Relations, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Employee Relations, Benefits & Compensation, and Labor Relations. Most people experienced in 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $102K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $105K. Chief Human Resources Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $164K. Chief Human Resources Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $174K.

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

Organizational Development
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Strategic Planning
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Benefits & Compensation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%