Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

Directors of Human Resources in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $87K annually, but may range from $53K to $147K per year. Incomes of Directors of Human Resources vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $26K cause paychecks to spread between $53K on the low end and $147K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Human Resources making up 76 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Human Resources report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$53,408 - $130,663
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$53K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,630
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$10.54 - $42.36
(Median)
$11
$20
$42
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,408 - $130,663  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,525  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $24,413  
Commission
$-0.49 - $10,174  
Total Pay (?
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$52,570 - $146,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,057
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Hourly Rate
$10.54 - $42.36  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $41.56  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,525  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $24,413  
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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$52,570 - $146,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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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Directors of Human Resources sometimes assume positions such as Chief Human Resources Officers. That role pays $160K per year on average. A Human Resources Director role is the most common promotion for Directors of Human Resources moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $78K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Directors of Human Resources is a VP of Human Resources position, where earnings are usually $135K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)


Directors of Human Resources report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Organizational Development, and Performance Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, Training, and Benefits Administration. For most people, competency in Benefits & Compensation indicates knowledge of 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.


Directors of Human Resources who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $59K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $104K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Directors of Human Resources that is 39 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+38 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). Directors of Human Resources in Nashville make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 439 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%