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Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

Directors of Human Resources in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $86K per year, but may range from $52K to $146K per year. In the world of Directors of Human Resources, total cash compensation can vary between $52K and $146K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $26K and $15K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Directors of Human Resources like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Female Directors of Human Resources make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$53,103 - $130,344
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$53K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,462
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$10.45 - $41.63
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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Salary
$53,103 - $130,344  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,674  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $15,406  
Commission
$-0.49 - $10,174  
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$52,287 - $146,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,810
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Hourly Rate
$10.45 - $41.63  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $41.56  
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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
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,674  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $15,406  
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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$52,287 - $146,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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.

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)


Survey takers working as Directors of Human Resources report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Business Strategy, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration, Training, and Benefits Administration. Those educated in Benefits & Compensation tend to be well versed in Legal Compliance and Recruiting.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Directors of Human Resources. 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 $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Human Resources, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Directors of Human Resources will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+42 percent), San Diego (+31 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), and New York (+23 percent). Directors of Human Resources in Nashville report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries



National Average
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Skills That Affect Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 401 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

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