Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary

Earnings for Human Resources Associates in the United States come in at around $44K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Human Resources Associates range from $28K on the low end to $60K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $19K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Human Resources Associates who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Most Human Resources Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,702 - $60,749
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,399
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$10.95 - $22.21
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$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,702 - $60,749  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,604  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $18,740  
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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$28,339 - $59,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.95 - $22.21  
   
Overtime
$18.02 - $38.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,604  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $18,740  
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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$28,339 - $59,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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Job Description for Human Resources (HR) Associate

Human resources (HR) associates work closely with human resources management. They generally answer phones, file paperwork, and set up meetings and interviews. It is important for HR associates to be detail-oriented and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. It is also important to be able to multitask as they will often work with one or more people at a time. They must also have impeccable customer service skills as well as the ability to solve problems. In addition, it is important that HR associates have excellent computer skills and be familiar with and efficient in Microsoft Office and other basic computer functions because they will be required to use these and similar programs in their day to day job duties. HR associates must have a professional demeanor, and they must work well with others.

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Human Resources (HR) Associate Tasks

  • Supports employment area with scheduling interviews, handling reference checks and personnel changes.
  • Provides overall administrative support to the HR department, including maintaining, processing documentation and records.
  • Compiles and prepares data for statistical reporting.
  • Answer employee questions about policy and procedures, and refers to specialist as needed.
  • Assist in projects, such as; HR events, benefits open enrollment, employee communications and company-wide meetings.

Common Career Paths for Human Resources (HR) Associate


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While Human Resources Associates do not often become Human Resources Directors, the job pays $78K per year on average. It is quite typical for Human Resources Associates to transition into roles as Human Resources Generalists or Human Resources Managers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $17K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Associate


Survey results imply that Human Resources Associates deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Benefits Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Employee Relations and Human Resources Information System (HRIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Human Resources (HR) Associate

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Human Resources Associates claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Human Resources Associates who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Human Resources Associates, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Human Resources Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Detroit (+20 percent), Hartford (+19 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Human Resources Associates in Charlotte take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

Human Resources (HR) Associate Reviews

What is it like working as a Human Resources (HR) Associate?

Human Resources (HR) Associate in Pasadena:
"I Love It. I Enjoy Working With All The Employees."
Pros: I get to take care of the employees.
Cons: Can get slow at times.

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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Associate Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Associate Salaries

Project Management
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Benefits Administration
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Recruiting
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Human Resources
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Benefits & Compensation
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National Average
$41,000

Employee Relations
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 12%
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