Median pay for Human Resources Consultants in the United States is around $71K per year. Overall cash earnings for Human Resources Consultants stretch from $43K on the lower end to $136K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $29K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Human Resources Consultants making up 72 percent. One in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$44,979 - $108,912
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$71K
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MEDIAN: $71,077
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$17.42 - $99.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,979 - $108,912  
   
Bonus
$1,971 - $20,017  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $29,361  
Commission
$2,517 - $36,766  
Total Pay (?
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$43,334 - $135,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 924
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$17.42 - $99.19  
   
Overtime
$1.74 - $63.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,971 - $20,017  
   
Commission
$2,517 - $36,766  
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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$43,334 - $135,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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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At the upper end, Human Resources Consultants who move into a Senior Professional Service Consultant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Professional Service Consultants is a much higher $98K per year. As Human Resources Consultants progress in their field, many go on to become Human Resources Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $59K. Another common career choice for Human Resources Consultants is to move into a Human Resources Director role — this promotion usually pays $80K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Human Resources Consultants flock to Mercer LLC, Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Paychex, Inc., and Towers Watson, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Human Resources Consultants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Towers Watson, where the average salary comes to $127K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Mercer LLC at $107K, Deloitte at $84K, and Deloitte Consulting LLP, where Human Resources Consultants annually earn $84K.

Workers at EY (Ernst & Young), Paychex, Inc., and AON Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $66K, $73K, and $76K respectively.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Survey results imply that Human Resources Consultants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Organizational Development, Project Management, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Recruiting, Customer Service, and Human Resources Information System. For most people, competency in Employee Relations indicates knowledge of Organizational Development.

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

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


For many Human Resources Consultants, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $60K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $74K. For Human Resources Consultants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. Human Resources Consultants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $99K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,408

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With a pay rate for Human Resources Consultants that is 41 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Human Resources Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+25 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Workers in Miami and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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