For Employee Relations Specialists, yearly average wages total $57K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. The majority of Employee Relations Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Employee Relations Specialists (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$40,172 - $85,717
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$57K
$86K
MEDIAN: $57,107
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$14.63 - $28.65
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,172 - $85,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,243  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$37,306 - $87,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $28.65  
   
Overtime
$21.33 - $43.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,243  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$37,306 - $87,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Employee Relations Specialists move into roles as Human Resources Directors, where pay is an average $80K 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 $12K, respectively.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $49K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $60K. Employee Relations Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $78K.

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Experience Affects Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Employee Relations Specialist Salaries

Legal Compliance
up arrow 27%

Labor Relations
up arrow 2%

Employee Relations
up arrow 1%

Performance Management
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 1%

Human Resources
0%

National Average
$55,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 21%

Recruiting
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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