Salaries for Chief Human Resources Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($157K) per year. Total cash compensation for Chief Human Resources Officers runs from $88K to $308K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $84K and profit sharing that can reach almost $63K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. The majority of Chief Human Resources Officers (68 percent) who took the survey are women. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$88,270 - $249,457
MEDIAN: $156,995

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$88,270 - $249,457  
$2,466 - $84,453  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $63,238  
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$88,192 - $307,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 369

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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

  • 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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Benefits & Compensation, and Employee Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Labor Relations and Employee Relations. The majority of those 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $88K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $146K. Chief Human Resources Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $165K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $188K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $169,468

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Home to some of the best pay for Chief Human Resources Officers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Chief Human Resources Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Nashville (+32 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average.

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

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Employee Relations
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Job Satisfaction

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


68 %
32 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%