Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary

An average Human Resources Consultant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $71K per year. Final cash compensation to Human Resources Consultants varies from around $43K to approximately $138K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $29K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by experience level and geographic location. Job satisfaction for Human Resources Consultants is high. Female Human Resources Consultants make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,836 - $109,940
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$71K
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MEDIAN: $70,931
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$16.69 - $100.18
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MEDIAN: $39.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,836 - $109,940  
   
Bonus
$1,974 - $19,734  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $29,361  
Commission
$2,517 - $39,732  
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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$42,709 - $137,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 885
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.69 - $100.18  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $61.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,974 - $19,734  
   
Commission
$2,517 - $39,732  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $29,361  
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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$42,709 - $137,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 266

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


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Though not the most common occurrence, Human Resources Consultants sometimes become Senior Professional Service Consultants, where the average income is $98K per year. The most common career progression for Human Resources Consultants leads to becoming a Human Resources Manager, where pay is typically $59K. However, many Human Resources Consultants also opt to become Human Resources Directors, a position that pays $80K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Human Resources Consultants flock to Mercer LLC, Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Aon Consulting, Inc., and Towers Watson, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Towers Watson can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $127K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Mercer LLC, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Deloitte, where earnings of $107K, $85K, or $83K are standard for Human Resources Consultants.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include EY (Ernst & Young) at $60K, Paychex, Inc. at $74K, and AON Corporation, where $76K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Organizational Development, Benefits & Compensation, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Recruiting, Customer Service, and Human Resources Information System. Those familiar with Employee Relations also tend to know Organizational Development.

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

Pay by Experience for a Consultant, Human Resources (HR) has a positive trend. An entry-level Consultant, Human Resources (HR) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 453 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Consultant, Human Resources (HR) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 384 salaries. An experienced Consultant, Human Resources (HR) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 396 salaries. A Consultant, Human Resources (HR) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 177 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,307

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Human Resources Consultants, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Human Resources Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+25 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Miami and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries

▲37%

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$73,000

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 25%