Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary

Pay for Human Resources Consultants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $67K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $15K, $13K, and $194K, respectively — total cash payment to Human Resources Consultants can bottom out near $42K or top out at around $123K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. Female Human Resources Consultants make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Job satisfaction for Human Resources Consultants is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,676 - $100,028
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$44K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,251
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$15.84 - $98.92
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$43,676 - $100,028  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,369  
Profit Sharing
$493.88 - $13,310  
Commission
$103.04 - $193,916  
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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$42,150 - $123,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,060
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.84 - $98.92  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $53.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,369  
   
Commission
$103.04 - $193,916  
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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$42,150 - $123,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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 Senior Professional Service Consultants. Average pay for a Senior Professional Service Consultant is $98K annually. Becoming a Human Resources Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Human Resources Consultants move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Human Resources Manager is $58K. Another frequent advance is for Human Resources Consultants to assume a Human Resources Director role; in this role, workers often take home $78K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Dominating the field, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mercer LLC, Deloitte, Towers Watson, and Paychex, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Human Resources Consultants. For Human Resources Consultants, comfortable salaries can be found at Mercer LLC; in fact, average earnings are around $107K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($75K versus $239K) is great.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — EY (Ernst & Young) offers the lowest median salary at $68K — pay within the company still varies considerably 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, Organizational Development, Performance Management, and Change Management 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. Those familiar with Employee Relations also tend to 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $60K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $70K. Human Resources Consultants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Human Resources Consultants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Human Resources Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Portland (6 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 209 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
28%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 20%
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