Consultant, Human Resources (HR) Salary

Earnings for Human Resources Consultants in the United States come in at around $68K annually on average. In the world of Human Resources Consultants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $42K and $125K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, roughly a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Human Resources Consultants making up 72 percent. Work is enjoyable for Human Resources Consultants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,623 - $101,507
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$44K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,591
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$15.83 - $98.66
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$16
$36
$99
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,623 - $101,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,321  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $20,000  
Commission
$1,060 - $32,973  
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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$41,821 - $124,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$15.83 - $98.66  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $51.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,321  
   
Commission
$1,060 - $32,973  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $20,000  
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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$41,821 - $124,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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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As Human Resources Consultants transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Professional Service Consultant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Professional Service Consultants earn $98K on average per year. Human Resources Consultants go on to become Human Resources Managers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $58K. Human Resources Consultants who move into a Human Resources Director role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $79K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Human Resources Consultants, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Mercer LLC, Deloitte, Towers Watson, and Paychex, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Mercer LLC pays the most with a median salary of $107K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $72K to a high of $237K. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks at Towers Watson ($99K), Deloitte ($81K), and NeoSystems ($78K).

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($49K). Employees at EY (Ernst & Young), Paychex, Inc., and AON Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $63K, $72K, and $76K.

Popular Skills for Consultant, Human Resources (HR)


Survey results imply that Human Resources Consultants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Change Management, Project Management, Performance Management, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Recruiting, and Benefits Administration. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $71K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $81K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $94K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,310

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Human Resources Consultants, 37 percent higher than the national average. Human Resources Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+33 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Atlanta and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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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 194 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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