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Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary

Median pay for Human Resources Consultants in the United States is around $67K annually. In the world of Human Resources Consultants, total cash compensation ranges from $42K on the lower end to $122K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $15K and profit sharing that approaches $13K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $36K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Human Resources Consultants report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Human Resources Consultants making up 72 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,820 - $99,603
(Median)
$44K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,713
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$15.76 - $100.22
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$16
$35
$100
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,820 - $99,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,184  
Profit Sharing
$494.58 - $13,217  
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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$42,064 - $121,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,026
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.76 - $100.22  
   
Overtime
$2.96 - $53.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,184  
   
Commission
$489.36 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$494.58 - $13,217  
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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$42,064 - $121,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | 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 transition into a Senior Professional Service Consultant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $98K per year. A Human Resources Manager role is the most common promotion for Human Resources Consultants moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $58K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Human Resources Consultants is a Human Resources Director position, where earnings are usually $78K.

Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Human Resources Consultants include Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mercer LLC, Towers Watson, Deloitte, and EY (Ernst & Young). Mercer LLC pays the most with a median salary of $102K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $75K to a high of $199K.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Human Resources Consultants report using a deep pool of 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 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Microsoft Office, and Recruiting. For most people, competency in Employee Relations indicates knowledge of 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $61K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. Human Resources Consultants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $94K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Human Resources Consultants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+24 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 20%