Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Human Resources in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $53K to $146K per year and averages out to $87K per year. Cash earnings for Directors of Human Resources — including $26K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $146K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Directors of Human Resources make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Job satisfaction for Directors of Human Resources is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,564 - $130,704
(Median)
$54K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,892
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$10.63 - $41.63
(Median)
$11
$19
$42
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,564 - $130,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,678  
Profit Sharing
$977 - $19,575  
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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$52,844 - $146,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.63 - $41.63  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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 - $25,678  
   
Commission
$400.00 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$977 - $19,575  
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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$52,844 - $146,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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Though some Directors of Human Resources move into positions like Chief Human Resources Officer (where the average salary is $159K), this progression is not the norm. 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)


Survey results imply that Directors of Human Resources deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Business Strategy, 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. The majority of those who know Benefits & Compensation also know 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Directors of Human Resources who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


Directors of Human Resources will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Directors of Human Resources will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+34 percent), New York (+26 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), and San Diego (+22 percent). In Austin, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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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Benefits & Compensation
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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 432 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
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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