Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary (United States)

Earnings for HR Consultants in the United States typically come in at around $68,990 annually. The range in pay spans from $42,006 to $124,183 per year. Overall incomes of HR Consultants—including $14,983 bonuses, $12,208 profit sharing proceeds, and $195K commissions on the more lucrative end—ranges between $42,006 and $124,183. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by most. Most HR Consultants are women (71 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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$43,888 - $100,519
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$15.64 - $99.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$43,888 - $100,519  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,983  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $12,208  
Commission
$103.04 - $193,916  
Total Pay (?
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$42,006 - $124,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 987
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$15.64 - $99.11  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $50.91  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,983  
   
Commission
$103.04 - $193,916  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $12,208  
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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$42,006 - $124,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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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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While not commonly found, HR Consultants who move on to become Management Consultants bring in an additional $25K annually. A Human Resources Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for HR Consultants, though paychecks actually shrink by $11,395. a Human Resources (HR) Director position is another common transition for HR Consultants; in this role, salaries typically increase by $8,551.

Consultant, Human Resources Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

HR Consultants flock to Mercer LLC for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $101,892 lead the pack in compensation; however, Mercer LLC also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $77K at one end to $279,176 at the other end.
Salaries are easily beat at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where median pay comes to just $70,878, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $61K and ending at $102K, range in salary is rather small. Towers Watson and Mercer LLC are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($91,902 and $101,892, respectively).

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Survey respondents exploit a significant tool box of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Benefits & Compensation, Project Management, Performance Management, and Change Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Employee Relations are similarly competent in Organizational Development.

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

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For many but not all HR Consultants, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. New HR Consultants earn approximately $60K, only slightly increasing to $68K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $82K. Pay continues to grow for HR Consultants after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $101K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for HR Consultants that is 43 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis, where HR Consultants typically earn around 27 percent, 19 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent more than usual. With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries

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$69,000

Skills That Affect Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 20%