Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

With more than two-thirds of Directors of Human Resources in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Directors of Human Resources is $87K annually and can range from $53K on the lower end to $146K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Directors of Human Resources — including $26K in bonuses and $19K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $146K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Directors of Human Resources claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Human Resources making up 76 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,621 - $131,034

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$10.71 - $43.24

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,621 - $131,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,769  
Profit Sharing
$998 - $19,458  
Commission
$400.00 - $10,113  
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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$53,008 - $146,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.71 - $43.24  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,769  
   
Commission
$400.00 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$998 - $19,458  
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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$53,008 - $146,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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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While Directors of Human Resources do not often become Chief Human Resources Officers, the job pays $158K per year on average. Going from Director of Human Resources to Human Resources Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Human Resources Directors is $78K. Many others choose to work as VPs of Human Resources, where pay is typically $135K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)


Directors of Human Resources seem to wield many 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 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, Training, and Benefits Administration. Most people skilled in Benefits & Compensation are similarly competent 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.


For many Directors of Human Resources, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $82K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $105K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Directors of Human Resources, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+36 percent), New York (+26 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and San Diego (+22 percent). Directors of Human Resources in Nashville report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 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
$90,000



Skills That Affect Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries






Employee Relations
0%

National Average
$90,000

Recruiting
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Training Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 436 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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