Employee Relations Specialist Salary

An average Employee Relations Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $56K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Employee Relations Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Employee Relations Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,532 - $81,960
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$82K
MEDIAN: $55,606
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$13.66 - $28.77
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,532 - $81,960  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,188  
Profit Sharing
$50.87 - $4,029  
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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$36,560 - $82,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $28.77  
   
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,188  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.87 - $4,029  
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).
)
$36,560 - $82,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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. 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 $11K higher, respectively.

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Employee Relations Specialists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Employee Relations, Human Resources, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Employee Relations
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
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 57 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: 75% employee benefits None: 9%
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