Directors of Human Resources who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Human Resources. Pay fluctuates from $54K to $153K per year, but expected earnings average $92K annually. Overall cash earnings for Directors of Human Resources stretch from $54K on the lower end to $153K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $17K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. There are far more female Directors of Human Resources who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$54,807 - $142,086
$55K
$92K
$140K
MEDIAN: $91,884
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50%
90%

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$13.18 - $48.48
$13
$25
$48
MEDIAN: $24.55
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,807 - $142,086  
   
Bonus
$968 - $29,718  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $16,886  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$53,953 - $153,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$23.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$968 - $29,718  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $16,886  
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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$53,953 - $153,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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

  • 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.
  • Plan, direct and manages all human resources initiatives; recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and employee relations of an organization.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development of HR programs.

Common Career Paths for Director of Human Resources (HR)


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As Directors of Human Resources transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Human Resources Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Human Resources Officers earn $162K on average 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 $80K. Many others choose to work as VPs of Human Resources, where pay is typically $137K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)


Directors of Human Resources seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Business Strategy, Strategic Planning, People Management, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, and Recruiting. Those familiar with Benefits & Compensation also tend to 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Directors of Human Resources. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $85K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $101K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,825

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Human Resources, 30 percent above the national average. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Cincinnati (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Key Stats for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries



National Average
$95,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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