Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Salary

Recruiters in the United States take home approximately $41K per year on average. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Recruiters. Ranging between $28K near the bottom and $67K near the top, total earnings can include up to $10K from bonuses and up to $15K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $20K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,983 - $66,432
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,399
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$10.95 - $23.08
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,983 - $66,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,763  
Profit Sharing
$2.79 - $15,319  
Commission
$101.37 - $19,911  
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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$27,887 - $67,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 800
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.95 - $23.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.00  
Overtime
$-0.49 - $32.30  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,763  
   
Commission
$101.37 - $19,911  
Profit Sharing
$2.79 - $15,319  
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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$27,887 - $67,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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Job Description for Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter

Employment, recruitment, or placement specialists/recruiters are in charge of finding and placing effective job candidates within their organization according to the projects' and teams' requirements. They are responsible for matching job requirements with possible personnel, conducting extensive research based on the position needs, and interacting with employers and prospective candidates. These specialists provide training opportunities as required and give detailed guidance to prospective employees regarding potential benefits and job responsibilities. Employment, recruitment, or placement specialists/recruiters also conduct appropriate drug and background checks for candidates.

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Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Tasks

  • May be involved in writing and placing advertising for open positions in publications; online and print.
  • Source, screen and interview applicants to obtain information on work history, training, education, and job skills for open positions; may utilize ATS.
  • Arrange for interviews and provide travel arrangements as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with hiring managers to stay abreast of current and future hiring and business needs.
  • Advise managers and employees on staffing policies and procedures.

Common Career Paths for Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter


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While not commonly seen, Recruiters who transition into a Human Resources Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Human Resources Directors is $79K per year. When Recruiters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Human Resources Managers or Human Resources Generalists. Those roles pay an additional $17K and $6K, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter

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


For many Recruiters, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Recruiters make a median salary of $50K. Recruiters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $60K.

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What is it like working as an Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter?

Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter in Valdosta:
"Staffing And Recruitment."
Pros: I love the people in my job. I love my co-workers and the people that I meet everyday. I love finding people jobs and helping them in their lives. I love the process of forming a new relationship with a prospect that is looking for work and helping them find the job for them and also I love forming a relationship with a new client that I know I can help find suitable applicants for their positions.
Cons: I hate the management. I work in an office by myself and basically handle all of the administrative, clerical, data entry, answering phones, and also handle all of the recruitment, placements, cold-calling prospects, and talking to companies looking for applicants.

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Experience Affects Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Salaries

Sourcing
up arrow 28%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%

Recruiting
up arrow 7%

Hiring
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 5%

Full-Cycle Recruiting
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Sales
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
up arrow 9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 14%

Customer Relations
up arrow 14%

Bilingual
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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