Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary (United States)

Approximately two-thirds of Human Resources (HR) Associates report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $40,686 per year on average. The range in pay spans from $28,788 to $58,653 per year. Overall cash earnings for Human Resources (HR) Associates stretch from $32,465 on the lower end to $59,163 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $5,304 from bonuses and $18,873 from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Human Resources (HR) Associates is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary (?
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$32,465 - $59,163
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Human Resources (HR) Associate Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 556
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
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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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As Human Resources (HR) Associates make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $37K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Human Resources (HR) Director. The most common next step for Human Resources (HR) Associates is moving into roles as Human Resources (HR) Generalists or Human Resources Managers, where they can expect an extra $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. Those who have experience with Benefits Administration can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 5 percent more than the national average, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Payroll Administration. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know 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. Pay amounts to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Human Resources (HR) Associates tend to earn $44K at this point in time. 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. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, most land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Human Resources (HR) Associates, New York provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Washington, San Francisco, Houston, and Dallas, where Human Resources (HR) Associates typically earn around 18 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent more than usual. In Los Angeles, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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%
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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%
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