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

Earnings for Human Resources Consultants in the United States come in at around $66K annually on average. In the world of Human Resources Consultants, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $124K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by career length and geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Human Resources Consultants making up 71 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Work is enjoyable for Human Resources Consultants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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$44,042 - $100,326
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MEDIAN: $66,318
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$15.50 - $98.83
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,042 - $100,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,019  
Profit Sharing
$498.00 - $12,365  
Commission
$489.36 - $35,745  
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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$41,834 - $123,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 961
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$15.50 - $98.83  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $51.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,019  
   
Commission
$489.36 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$498.00 - $12,365  
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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$41,834 - $123,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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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It's not very common for Human Resources Consultants to move on to become Management Consultants. Average pay for a Management Consultant is $93K annually. More often than not, a Human Resources Manager role is the next step for Human Resources Consultants moving up in the field. Pay for Human Resources Managers is usually $58K. Many Human Resources Consultants choose to take on a Human Resources Director role instead, where salaries are typically $78K.

Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Human Resources Consultants flock to Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mercer LLC, Towers Watson, Deloitte, and EY (Ernst & Young), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Human Resources Consultants flock to Mercer LLC for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $102K lead the pack in compensation; however, Mercer LLC also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $72K at one end to $202K at the other end.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Human Resources Consultants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Benefits & Compensation, Performance Management, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Human Resources Consultants. Human Resources Consultants in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $60K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $68K. Human Resources Consultants see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $99K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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Human Resources Consultants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Arlington (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries

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$70,000

Skills That Affect Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 21%