Earnings for Human Resources Consultants in the United States come in at around $70K annually on average. Cash earnings of Human Resources Consultants — including $20K in bonuses, $30K in profit sharing proceeds, and $37K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $43K to approximately $135K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Most Human Resources Consultants survey respondents are women (73 percent). While approximately one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $70,400
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$17.46 - $100.17
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,858 - $107,714  
   
Bonus
$1,978 - $19,620  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $29,590  
Commission
$2,508 - $37,095  
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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$42,980 - $135,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 907
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Hourly Rate
$17.46 - $100.17  
   
Overtime
$11.25 - $76.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,978 - $19,620  
   
Commission
$2,508 - $37,095  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $29,590  
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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$42,980 - $135,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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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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Human Resources Consultants who go on to become Senior Professional Service Consultants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Professional Service Consultants is $98K annually. Given that the median pay is $59K, it may be surprising to find that a Human Resources Manager is the most common role for Human Resources Consultants to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Human Resources Director role — which pays $80K — is also typical for Human Resources Consultants, though less common by comparison.

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Human Resources Consultants include Deloitte, Mercer LLC, Towers Watson, EY (Ernst & Young), and Paychex, Inc. Mercer LLC pays the most with a median salary of $103K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $65K to a high of $227K. Human Resources Consultants will also find cushy salaries at Towers Watson (+$99K), Deloitte Consulting LLP (+$87K), and Deloitte (+$83K).

EY (Ernst & Young), Paychex, Inc., and AON Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $63K, $73K, and $76K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Survey results imply that Human Resources Consultants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Organizational Development, Project Management, and Performance Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Recruiting, Customer Service, and Human Resources Information System. 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $74K. Human Resources Consultants see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $96K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,788

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For Human Resources Consultants, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+44 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and New York (+11 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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$73,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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