Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary

An average Human Resources Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K per year. Total cash compensation to Human Resources Associates approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $61K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Human Resources Associates (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Human Resources Associates. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,450 - $61,385
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,766
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$11.20 - $22.41
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$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,450 - $61,385  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,474  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,000  
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).
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$29,111 - $60,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 828
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $22.41  
   
Overtime
$18.86 - $40.15  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,000  
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).
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$29,111 - $60,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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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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Human Resources Associates who advance into the role of a Human Resources Director are fairly uncommon. Human Resources Directors on average earn $79K per year. Human Resources Generalists or Human Resources Managers are common next-step roles for Human Resources Associates moving up in their careers; annual pay for Human Resources Generalists is $5K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Human Resources Managers.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Associate


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Training, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,489

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Human Resources Associates in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Human Resources Associates will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Human Resources Associates is geography, with workers in Charlotte earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Workers in Los Angeles and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

Human Resources (HR) Associate Reviews

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

Human Resources (HR) Associate in 10020:
Pros: I enjoy helping people. I enjoy the customer service aspect to my job. I enjoy doing spreadsheet in order to make a process more organized. HR events are cool as well.
Cons: Sitting at the front desk. Not being able to work mostly at home. Always playing catch up with my off or sick.

Human Resources (HR) Associate in Wichita:
"Love it! Getting great experience in a generalist role!"
Pros: My days vary a lot. I feel like I'm getting a great picture of HR as a whole.
Cons: It is sometimes overwhelming. There is a lot to do. Hard to keep track of all of the deadlines.

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
up arrow 22%

Training
up arrow 9%

Organizational Development
up arrow 7%

Benefits Administration
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Recruiting
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
up arrow 1%

Employee Relations
0%

National Average
$41,000

Benefits & Compensation
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
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Human Resources
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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