Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Salary

Recruiters in the United States take home an average $41K annually. Overall incomes of Recruiters — including $10K bonuses, $15K profit sharing proceeds, and $25K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $29K and $67K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Recruiters survey respondents are women (71 percent). A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Recruiters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,724 - $65,034
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $41,086
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$10.66 - $25.02
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,724 - $65,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,928  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $15,456  
Commission
$1,320 - $25,210  
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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$28,594 - $67,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,300
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $25.02  
   
Overtime
$13.79 - $36.13  
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 - $9,928  
   
Commission
$1,320 - $25,210  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $15,456  
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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$28,594 - $67,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Recruiters move into roles as Human Resources Directors, where pay is an average $78K 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 $5K, respectively.

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Survey takers working as Recruiters report using a large range of professional skills. 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 26 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bilingual, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Sales. Experience with Human Resources is often linked with knowledge of 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.


For Recruiters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Recruiters bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $57K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$41,000


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

Sourcing
up arrow 26%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 7%

Recruiting
up arrow 5%

Hiring
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$41,000

Full-Cycle Recruiting
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
up arrow 8%

Sales
up arrow 9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 14%

Bilingual
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 20%
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