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 more than two-thirds of Directors of Human Resources. Salaries average out to around $87K annually and spread from $53K to $146K per year. Total cash compensation for Directors of Human Resources runs from $53K to $146K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $26K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Directors of Human Resources survey respondents are women (76 percent). The majority of Directors of Human Resources claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$53,366 - $130,654
(Median)
$53K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,755
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$10.63 - $41.63
(Median)
$11
$19
$42
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,366 - $130,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,769  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $20,347  
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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$52,572 - $146,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,260
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 - $25,769  
   
Commission
$400.00 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $20,347  
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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$52,572 - $146,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Directors of Human Resources sometimes assume positions such as Chief Human Resources Officers. That role pays $163K per year on average. Becoming a Human Resources Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Directors of Human Resources move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Human Resources Director is $78K. Another frequent advance is for Directors of Human Resources to assume a VP of Human Resources role; in this role, workers often take home $135K.

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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 Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Organizational Development, and Performance Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


For many Directors of Human Resources, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. For Directors of Human Resources, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. 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


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Human Resources, 36 percent above the national average. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+34 percent), New York (+26 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), and San Diego (+22 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Directors of Human Resources in Nashville earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries






Employee Relations
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National Average
$89,000

Recruiting
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Benefits & Compensation
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Labor Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 436 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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