Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary

Average Human Resources Associates in the United States make around $45K annually. Total cash compensation for Human Resources Associates runs from $29K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Human Resources Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Human Resources Associates (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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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It's not very common for Human Resources Associates to move on to become Human Resources Directors. Average pay for a Human Resources Director is $79K annually. Typical career progression for a Human Resources Associate involves becoming a Human Resources Generalist or a Human Resources Manager, roles that pay $5K more and $17K more on average.

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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. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. Human Resources Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. 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.

Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Human Resources Associates in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Human Resources Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). Human Resources Associates in Charlotte earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (16 percent lower) and Philadelphia (11 percent lower).

Human Resources (HR) Associate Reviews

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

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
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Benefits Administration
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Recruiting
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Employee Relations
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National Average
$41,000

Benefits & Compensation
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Microsoft Excel
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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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