Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary

The average Human Resources Consultant in the United States earns approximately $68K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Human Resources Consultants can bottom out near $42K or peak near $125K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Human Resources Consultants making up 72 percent. For the most part, Human Resources Consultants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,623 - $101,507
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$44K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,591
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$15.83 - $98.66
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$16
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,623 - $101,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,321  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $20,000  
Commission
$1,060 - $32,973  
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).
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$41,821 - $124,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$15.83 - $98.66  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $51.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,321  
   
Commission
$1,060 - $32,973  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $20,000  
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).
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$41,821 - $124,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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Job Description for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Human resources is the department within a company that handles employees' hiring, training, questions, and issues. A human resources consultant typically is hired to find ways to improve relationships between the business and employee, increase retention, and grow overall staff satisfaction.

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Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Tasks

  • Advise managers on organizational policy issues and recommend needed changes.
  • Develop, plan and implement various HR initiatives such as compensation, benefits and performance management programs.
  • Analyze HR practices, and recommend employee relations, employment, compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure legal compliance.

Common Career Paths for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


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Human Resources Consultants may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Professional Service Consultant, where median compensation is $98K annually. More often than not, a Human Resources Manager role is the next step for Human Resources Consultants moving up in the field. Pay for Human Resources Managers is usually $58K. Many Human Resources Consultants choose to take on a Human Resources Director role instead, where salaries are typically $79K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mercer LLC, Deloitte, Towers Watson, and Paychex, Inc. are top-notch employers for Human Resources Consultants in this area. Human Resources Consultants flock to Mercer LLC for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $107K lead the pack in compensation; however, Mercer LLC also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $72K at one end to $237K at the other end. Soaring salaries can also be found at Towers Watson, Deloitte, and NeoSystems, where earnings of $99K, $81K, or $78K are standard for Human Resources Consultants.

The lowest pay by far can be found at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) — this employer offers a median salary of $49K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. EY (Ernst & Young), Paychex, Inc. and AON Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $63K, $72K, and $76K.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Human Resources Consultants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Project Management, Performance Management, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Recruiting, and Benefits Administration. Those familiar with Employee Relations also tend to know Organizational Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Human Resources Consultants with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $94K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,310

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For Human Resources Consultants, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+33 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Human Resources Consultants in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Portland (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries




National Average
$70,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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