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Employee Relations Specialist Salary

Employee Relations Specialists in the United States take home approximately $55K per year on average. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Employee Relations Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The majority of Employee Relations Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,639 - $82,306
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,379
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$13.59 - $28.92
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,639 - $82,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,721  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,100  
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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$36,666 - $82,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $28.92  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $41.52  
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 - $7,721  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,100  
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).
)
$36,666 - $82,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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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Employee Relations Specialists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Human Resources Director. The average Human Resources Director brings home $78K per year. When Employee Relations Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Human Resources Managers or Employee Relations Managers. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Employee Relations Specialist


Employee Relations Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Employee Relations, Performance Management, Human Resources, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average. Recruiting, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Employee Relations tend to be well versed in Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Employee Relations Specialist

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


For Employee Relations Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. Employee Relations Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Employee Relations Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Employee Relations
up arrow 2%

Performance Management
0%

National Average
$55,000

Human Resources
up arrow 1%

Recruiting
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
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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