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Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Human Resources in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $53K to $146K per year, but median earnings come to around $87K annually. Cash earnings for Directors of Human Resources — including $26K in bonuses and $21K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $146K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Directors of Human Resources survey respondents are women (76 percent). Most Directors of Human Resources report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,343 - $130,251
(Median)
$53K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,560
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$10.57 - $42.16
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$11
$20
$42
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$53,343 - $130,251  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,595  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $20,608  
Commission
$-0.49 - $10,174  
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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$52,594 - $146,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $42.16  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $41.56  
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 - $25,595  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $20,608  
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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$52,594 - $146,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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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It's not very common for Directors of Human Resources to move on to become Chief Human Resources Officers. Average pay for a Chief Human Resources Officer is $158K annually. As Directors of Human Resources progress in their field, many go on to become Human Resources Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $78K. Another common career choice for Directors of Human Resources is to move into a VP of Human Resources role — this promotion usually pays $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 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Training, and Benefits Administration. 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.


Directors of Human Resources generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $59K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $104K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Directors of Human Resources in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), New York (+25 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 23 percent below the national average.

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National Average
$89,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 441 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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