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Employment, Recruitment, or Placement Specialist / Recruiter Salary

Recruiters in the United States take home an average $41K per year. In the world of Recruiters, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $69K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $15K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While approximately one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,869 - $65,650
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,415
10%
50%
90%

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$10.81 - $25.23
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,869 - $65,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,183  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $15,000  
Commission
$1,478 - $25,271  
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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$29,077 - $69,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,628
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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.81 - $25.23  
   
Overtime
$14.69 - $34.84  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,183  
   
Commission
$1,478 - $25,271  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $15,000  
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).
)
$29,077 - $69,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 485

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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. A common career progression for a Recruiter is to become a Human Resources Manager or a Human Resources Generalist. Compared to Recruiters, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 25 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Sales. Competency in Human Resources frequently indicates 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.


Recruiters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. Recruiters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$42,000


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

Sourcing
up arrow 25%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 6%

Recruiting
up arrow 5%

Hiring
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$42,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Full-Cycle Recruiting
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 9%

Human Resources
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 443 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 21%