Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary (United States)

Nearly two-thirds of Human Resources (HR) Associates are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $40,686 annually. Pay ranges from $28,788 on the low end to $58,653 per year on the higher side. Residency and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Human Resources (HR) Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary (?
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$32,465 - $59,163
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MEDIAN: $43,418
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Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary (?
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$10.98 - $22.21
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$32,465 - $59,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,304  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $18,873  
Total Pay (?
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$28,788 - $58,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 556
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $22.21  
   
Overtime
$18.63 - $37.10  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$0.00 - $5,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $18,873  
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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$28,788 - $58,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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 (HR) Associates' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Human Resources (HR) Director may get paid an extra $37K per year. When Human Resources (HR) Associates are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Human Resources (HR) Generalists or Human Resources Managers, where they can expect an additional $5,558 or $16,909 per year.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Associate

Survey results suggest that Human Resources (HR) Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Benefits Administration is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Payroll Administration. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Human Resources Information System (HRIS) and Employee Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Human Resources (HR) Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $40K climbs to $42K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $42K. Human Resources (HR) Associates experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $44K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$41,000
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For Human Resources (HR) Associates, New York provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Washington, San Francisco, Houston, and Dallas, where Human Resources (HR) Associates annually earn 18 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent more than the national average. Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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

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$41,000

Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Associate Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
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Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%