Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary (United States)

The majority of Directors of Human Resources in the United States—around three-quarters—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $52,190 to $146,285 per year and typically amount to $89,057 per year. Total cash compensation to Directors of Human Resources bottoms out near $53,077 and approaches $130,338 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $26K from bonuses and almost $17,000 from profit sharing. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Directors of Human Resources making up 75 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.
Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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$53,077 - $130,338
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$53,077 - $130,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,641  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $17,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,241  
Total Pay (?
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$52,190 - $146,285  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,617
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Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $42.55  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $41.72  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,641  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,241  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $17,000  
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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$52,190 - $146,285  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Job Description for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Human resources directors are responsible for guiding and managing the overall activities of their companies' human resources (HR) departments. These responsibilities include managing HR services and policies along with programs for the entire company. HR directors serve as advocates who ensures that all company and employee interactions are handled in a fair and consistent manner. Other responsibilities generally include recruiting, orientation, development and training of new employees, payroll processing, and salary and benefit administration. HR directors are also responsible for employee relations and policy development along with performance improvement. They generally report directly to the CEO (or other executive staff members) and are responsible for compliance with all regulatory concerns.
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Director of Human Resources (HR) Tasks
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development of HR programs.
  • Plan, direct and manages all human resources initiatives; recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and employee relations of an organization.
  • Ensure policies, procedures and HR programs are consistently administered, aligned with organizational goals and are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.

Common Career Paths for Director of Human Resources (HR)

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While Directors of Human Resources do not often become Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)s, the ones that do transition make an extra $61K per year. Becoming a Human Resources (HR) Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Directors of Human Resources move into when they're ready for the next step in their career, despite the fact that salaries take a $11,516 cut. Another frequent advance is for Directors of Human Resources to assume a Human Resources VP role; in this role, workers often enjoy a $45K raise in pay.

Director of Human Resources (HR) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Directors of Human Resources report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, People Management, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 12 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Payroll Administration, and Training. It is often found that people who know Benefits & Compensation are also skilled in Legal Compliance and Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Human Resources (HR)

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Directors of Human Resources with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries start at $58K, which grows to $81K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $100K after one to two decades. After two decades on the job, Directors of Human Resources see salary growth dwindle, averaging $103K. Directors of Human Resources with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$89,000
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For those looking to make money, Directors of Human Resources in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Directors of Human Resources will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+38 percent), San Diego (+36 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Directors of Human Resources is geography, with workers in Nashville earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries

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$89,000

Skills That Affect Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 381 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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