Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary

Human Resources Consultants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $67K annually. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $16K, $13K, and $34K, respectively — total cash payment to Human Resources Consultants can bottom out near $42K or top out at around $123K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Human Resources Consultants survey respondents are women (71 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,419 - $100,401

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$15.88 - $99.33

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,419 - $100,401  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,667  
Profit Sharing
$493.88 - $13,310  
Commission
$103.04 - $33,935  
Total Pay (?
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$41,851 - $123,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,079
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$15.88 - $99.33  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $51.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,667  
   
Commission
$103.04 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$493.88 - $13,310  
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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$41,851 - $123,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Senior Professional Service Consultants. That role pays $98K per year on average. A Human Resources Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Human Resources Consultants. Paychecks for that role are $58K on average. The Human Resources Director position is another common transition for Human Resources Consultants; in this role, salaries are typically at the $78K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Human Resources Consultants flock to Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mercer LLC, Deloitte, Towers Watson, and EY (Ernst & Young), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Mercer LLC — the median salary there is $109K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $75K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $240K.

EY (Ernst & Young) seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $66K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $49K and $95K.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Human Resources Consultants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Performance Management, Organizational Development, and Change Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Recruiting, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Employee Relations also 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $60K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $70K. On average, Human Resources Consultants make $81K following one to two decades on the job. Human Resources Consultants 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 $95K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Human Resources Consultants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 39 percent above the national average. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 19%
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