Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary

Earnings for Human Resources Consultants in the United States come in at around $67K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Human Resources Consultants approaches anywhere from $42K on the lower end to $124K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $13K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Human Resources Consultants survey respondents are women (71 percent). A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Human Resources Consultants. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$43,739 - $100,161
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$44K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,413
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$16.05 - $99.43
(Median)
$16
$36
$99
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,739 - $100,161  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,667  
Profit Sharing
$493.88 - $13,310  
Commission
$103.04 - $33,935  
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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$42,243 - $123,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,067
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$16.05 - $99.43  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $53.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$42,243 - $123,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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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Though some Human Resources Consultants move into positions like Senior Professional Service Consultant (where the average salary is $98K), this progression is not the norm. Going from Human Resources Consultant to Human Resources Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Human Resources Managers is $58K. Many others choose to work as Human Resources Directors, where pay is typically $78K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Human Resources Consultants, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mercer LLC, Towers Watson, Deloitte, and EY (Ernst & Young) are leading firms in the industry. Although Mercer LLC boasts the highest average salary in town at $107K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $75K or as much as $239K.

Offering a median salary of only $66K, EY (Ernst & Young) pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $49K to $95K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Human Resources Consultants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Performance Management, Organizational Development, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people 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.


Human Resources Consultants who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $60K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. 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 $94K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Human Resources Consultants, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Human Resources Consultant's salary, with Pittsburgh Human Resources Consultants earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (5 percent lower) and Atlanta (4 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 199 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 19%
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