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Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Salary (United States)

Recruiters in the United States take home approximately $42K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Recruiters (largely between $29K and $70K) includes potential earnings of $10K from bonuses, $15K from profit sharing, and commissions of $25K in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Recruiters report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Salary (?
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$29,901 - $66,216
(Median)
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52K
66K
MEDIAN: $41,653
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$10.55 - $25.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,901 - $66,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,197  
Profit Sharing
$780 - $14,848  
Commission
$1,490 - $25,266  
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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$29,122 - $69,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,031
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.55 - $25.31  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $36.37  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,197  
   
Commission
$1,490 - $25,266  
Profit Sharing
$780 - $14,848  
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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$29,122 - $69,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 577
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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 $78K per year. Career advancement for the typical Recruiter often leads to becoming a Human Resources Manager or a Human Resources Generalist; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Recruiters report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Sourcing, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources, Sales, and Full-Cycle Recruiting.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Recruiters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$42,000
Minneapolis
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Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Recruiters in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Recruiters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent) and Houston (+12 percent). Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average.

Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Reviews

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000

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

Sourcing
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Recruiting
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Hiring
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
0%
National Average
$42,000
Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Sales
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 577 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 21%