Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

With more than two-thirds of Directors of Human Resources in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Directors of Human Resources is $93K annually and can range from $54K on the lower end to $154K per year near the higher end. In the world of Directors of Human Resources, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $54K and $154K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,503 - $143,075
$55K
$93K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,529
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50%
90%

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$13.70 - $49.19
$14
$26
$49
MEDIAN: $26.19
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,503 - $143,075  
   
Bonus
$989 - $30,104  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $15,431  
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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$54,076 - $154,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $49.19  
   
Overtime
$23.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$989 - $30,104  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $15,431  
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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$54,076 - $154,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Chief Human Resources Officer, where median compensation 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)


Survey takers working as Directors of Human Resources report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Business Strategy, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, and Human Resources Information System. Most people familiar with 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: $96,115

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

For Directors of Human Resources, working in the bustling city of Oakland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+39 percent), New York (+28 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Indianapolis and Washington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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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 187 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$96,000

▼12%

▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 11%