Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

Directors of Human Resources in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Human Resources. Salaries average out to around $88K annually and spread from $53K to $150K per year. In the world of Directors of Human Resources, overall income ranges from $53K near the bottom to $150K at the top; this can include more than $28K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Directors of Human Resources survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Directors of Human Resources report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,823 - $134,941
(Median)
$54K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,443
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$12.29 - $39.18
(Median)
$12
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,823 - $134,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $27,639  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $15,289  
Commission
$0.00 - $37,745  
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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$53,072 - $149,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,564
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $39.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.64  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $27,639  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $37,745  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $15,289  
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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$53,072 - $149,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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. More often than not, a Human Resources Director role is the next step for Directors of Human Resources moving up in the field. Pay for Human Resources Directors is usually $79K. Many Directors of Human Resources choose to take on a VP of Human Resources role instead, where salaries are typically $136K.

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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 Business Strategy, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and People 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, Benefits 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 many Directors of Human Resources, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $81K. Directors of Human Resources with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location

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13%

13%

-1%

-11%

National Average: $90,966

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Human Resources, 50 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+32 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries



National Average
$91,000



Skills That Affect Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 438 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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