Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

Directors of Human Resources in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $94K annually on average but can range from $56K to $158K per year. Total cash compensation to Directors of Human Resources bottoms out near $56K and approaches $158K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $30K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Human Resources. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Directors of Human Resources (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$56,467 - $145,621
$56K
$94K
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MEDIAN: $93,583
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$14.48 - $50.00
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MEDIAN: $24.98
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$0$157K
Salary $56,467 - $145,621
Bonus $998 - $29,994
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,272
Commission $8,500
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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$55,644 - $157,559
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,188
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $14.48 - $50.00
Overtime $23.83
Annual Data $0$157K
Bonus $998 - $29,994
Commission $8,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,272
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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$55,644 - $157,559
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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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Directors of Human Resources who go on to become Chief Human Resources Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chief Human Resources Officers is $162K annually. The most common career progression for Directors of Human Resources leads to becoming a Human Resources Director, where pay is typically $80K. However, many Directors of Human Resources also opt to become VPs of Human Resources, a position that pays $138K on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)


Directors of Human Resources report using a large range of 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 6 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, and Human Resources Information System. Most people who know Benefits & Compensation also know Legal Compliance and Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Pay by Experience for a Director of Human Resources (HR) has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Human Resources (HR) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 166 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Human Resources (HR) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 401 salaries. An experienced Director of Human Resources (HR) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 789 salaries. A Director of Human Resources (HR) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 383 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,508

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

Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Human Resources, Oakland offers exceptional salaries, 46 percent above the national average. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+37 percent), New York (+26 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Employers in Indianapolis and Washington also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Director of Human Resources (HR) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Human Resources (HR)?

Director of Human Resources (HR) in Kaufman:
"Life as the Director of Human Recourese."
Pros: Being able to take care of the gentlemen working for us in the field. Flexibility of being about to work from home from time to time, the casual dress code and the people I work with daily. Our birthday celebrations and our vacation policy.
Cons: The inconsistencies from the upper management, the lack of planning on managements part and expecting me to jump threw hoops. The fact that significant rules are broken and I feel like my hands are tied as I am being told by upper management to roll with it. The long hours I spend here daily while missing out on my children. My pay scale, and I have been asking for a year for an assistant to help me and I can get my boss to approve the position.

Director of Human Resources (HR) in Nixa:
Pros: Strategic planning, training, helping people, solving problems.
Cons: Discipline, benefits administration.

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Key Stats for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries

▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$98,000

▼13%

▼33%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 10%
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