Employee Relations Specialist Salary

The average Employee Relations Specialist in the United States earns approximately $57K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Employee Relations Specialists (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Employee Relations Specialists is high. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,413 - $83,480
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$57K
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MEDIAN: $57,443
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$12.91 - $28.79
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$0$85K
Salary $40,413 - $83,480
Bonus $0.00 - $9,192
Profit Sharing $550
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$37,513 - $85,399
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 311
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $12.91 - $28.79
Overtime $8.11 - $42.97
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,192
Profit Sharing $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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$37,513 - $85,399
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 48

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Employee Relations Specialist


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For Employee Relations Specialists, progressing to a Human Resources Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Human Resources Director can earn $80K annually. Employee Relations Specialists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Human Resources Managers or Employee Relations Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Employee Relations Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Employee Relations Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Employee Relations Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 165 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Employee Relations Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 117 salaries. An experienced Employee Relations Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 79 salaries. An Employee Relations Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,727

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

With a pay rate for Employee Relations Specialists that is 57 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Employee Relations Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+37 percent), Houston (+32 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Washington (+26 percent). Compared to the national average, Austin Employee Relations Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. On the whole, employers pay 18 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Indianapolis and Cleveland.

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Key Stats for Employee Relations Specialist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

▲35%

▲9%

▲7%

National Average
$56,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Legal Compliance
▲19%

Labor Relations
▲6%



Training
▼0%

National Average
$56,000

Performance Management
▼5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼21%

Recruiting
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 15%
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