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

HR Consultants in the United States typically take home $68,990 annually. Pay starts at $42,006 and can approach $124,183 per year on the higher side. The final incomes of HR Consultants vary between $43,888 and $100,519; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $14,983, $12,208, and $195K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Some workers in this field—20 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by most. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 71 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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$43,888 - $100,519
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Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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HR Consultants who transition into Management Consultants are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $25K per year. Going from HR Consultant to Human Resources Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, even given the smaller paychecks (-$11,395). Many others choose to work as Human Resources (HR) Directors, where pay goes up by $8,551.

Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)

Mercer LLC attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $101,892—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $77K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $279,176.
With a median salary of $70,878, Deloitte Consulting LLP provides HR Consultants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $102K, limiting employee salary growth. 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)

HR Consultants report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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 HR Consultants, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. At career start, salaries are typically $60K, which grows only modestly to $68K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $82K. Very experienced workers—those with 20 years in the field—see salaries climb into six-figure territory, bringing in about $82K. 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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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$69,000
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Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, HR Consultants in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. HR Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 10 percent below the national average.

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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%
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