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

Directors of Human Resources in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $89,057 per year, but may range from $52,190 to $146,285 per year. Residency and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Directors of Human Resources make up most of the field at 75 percent. Most Directors of Human Resources report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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$53,077 - $130,338
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Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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$10.82 - $42.55
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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 (?
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: 1,617
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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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Directors of Human Resources who assume a position such as a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $61K per year. As Directors of Human Resources progress in their field, many go on to become Human Resources (HR) Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, despite the $11,516 drop in pay. Another common career choice for Directors of Human Resources is to move into a Human Resources VP role—this promotion comes with a pay raise of $45K.

Director of Human Resources (HR) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Survey respondents exploit a significant tool box of skills in their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Payroll Administration, and Training. 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.
For Directors of Human Resources, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $58K; however, pay rises to approximately $81K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $100K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Directors of Human Resources encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $103K annually. Those with one to 10 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Directors of Human Resources report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$89,000
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For Directors of Human Resources, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Directors of Human Resources earning around 38 percent, 36 percent, 30 percent, and 22 percent more than average. The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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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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