Employee Relations Specialist Salary

Employee Relations Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $56K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Employee Relations Specialists making up 77 percent. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,596 - $81,807
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,868
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$13.64 - $28.85
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,596 - $81,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,135  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $3,550  
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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$36,815 - $82,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $28.85  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $41.98  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $3,550  
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).
)
$36,815 - $82,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Job Description for Employee Relations Specialist

Positions as an employee relations specialist exist in a wide number of companies in a wide variety of fields. In most cases, the primary role of employee relations specialist is to establish goals and objectives for improving employee relations. Daily tasks include monitoring and auditing company policies and protocols to determine their impact on the company's employees. Additionally, they must ensure that all policies and sections of the employee handbook are kept up to date with government regulations and company objectives. Employee relations specialists are also responsible for coaching managers and supervising managerial practices to ensure that disciplinary and performance reviews are being done properly. These specialists typically work in an office setting, although travel and teleconferences may occasionally be required. Work is mostly performed during regular business hours, although overtime may occasionally be needed.

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Employee Relations Specialist Tasks

  • Assist with audits and maintenance of employee personnel records.
  • Initiate and conduct timely investigations, prepare documentation and make recommendations, including disciplinary actions.
  • Represent the management at meetings that involve discipline issues.
  • Support and coordinate new hire orientations and terminations.

Common Career Paths for Employee Relations Specialist


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At the upper end, Employee Relations Specialists who move into a Human Resources Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Human Resources Directors is a much higher $78K per year. The most common next step for an Employee Relations Specialist is to become a Human Resources Manager or an Employee Relations Manager. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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Employee Relations Specialists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Employee Relations, Performance Management, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Recruiting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Competency in Employee Relations frequently indicates knowledge of Human Resources.

Pay by Experience Level for Employee Relations Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. For Employee Relations Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $61K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 7%

Employee Relations
up arrow 2%

National Average
$55,000

Performance Management
up arrow 1%

Recruiting
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 9%
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