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

With nearly three in four 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 $86K annually and can range from $52K on the lower end to $146K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Directors of Human Resources — including $26K in bonuses and $17K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $52K to $146K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Directors of Human Resources making up 75 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary (?
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$53,077 - $130,338
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MEDIAN: $85,941
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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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$0$50K$100K$150K
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,617
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $42.55  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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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While Directors of Human Resources do not often become Chief Human Resources Officers, the job usually pays $150K per year. 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 $134K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Survey results imply that Directors of Human Resources deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. 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.
For many Directors of Human Resources, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $58K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. Directors of Human Resources claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $95K. 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. 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
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For those looking to make money, Directors of Human Resources in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+38 percent), San Diego (+36 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Directors of Human Resources is geography, with workers in Nashville earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average.

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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

Employee Relations
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
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%