Employee Relations Specialist Salary

The average Employee Relations Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Employee Relations Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,127 - $82,062
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$82K
MEDIAN: $56,004
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$12.70 - $28.88
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$39,127 - $82,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,984  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$36,934 - $82,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 400
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $28.88  
   
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 - $8,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$36,934 - $82,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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 $79K annually. It is quite typical for Employee Relations Specialists to transition into roles as Human Resources Managers or Employee Relations Managers, where reported median earnings are $3K and $11K higher per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Employee Relations Specialist

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


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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Employee Relations Specialists report making only $60K on average.

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Experience Affects Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Labor Relations
up arrow 6%

Employee Relations
up arrow 1%

Human Resources
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Performance Management
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 21%

Recruiting
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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