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 career length. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most Employee Relations Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Employee Relations Specialists making up 77 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,548 - $81,544

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$13.66 - $28.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,548 - $81,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,215  
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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$36,566 - $81,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $28.77  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $41.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,215  
   
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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$36,566 - $81,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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There are some Employee Relations Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Human Resources Directors, where earnings are an average $78K annually. Employee Relations Specialists typically move into roles as Human Resources Managers or Employee Relations Managers, and those positions pay $3K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Employee Relations Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. 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. Employee Relations and Human Resources are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Employee Relations Specialist

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


Employee Relations Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. Employee Relations Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $61K. Employee Relations Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 4%

Employee Relations
up arrow 2%

Performance Management
0%

National Average
$55,000

Recruiting
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 9%
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