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Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary (United States)

A typical Human Resources Business Partner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $71K per year. Final cash compensation to Human Resources Business Partners varies from around $50K to approximately $107K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $8K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect vision insurance. Men working as Human Resources Business Partners are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 77 percent of workers. Most Human Resources Business Partners report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,212 - $100,511
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National Salary Data

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$50,212 - $100,511  
   
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$0.00 - $14,863  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $8,211  
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$49,948 - $106,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,184
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$14.75 - $36.33  
   
Overtime
$31.90 - $46.87  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $14,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$988 - $8,211  
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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$49,948 - $106,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

Human resources business partners (HRBPs) are very similar to HR managers with regard to their job requirements. Since the title of HR business partner has developed within the past few years, the general consensus is that there's very little difference between HRBPs and HR managers/advisers/generalists. However, some argue that HRBPs place more focus on strategic business objectives. Regardless of their focus, HRBPs work with internal employees to assist with various needs in the human resources area. They are responsible for solving complex personnel issues and assessing and developing HR strategies and processes. They also evaluate company policies, research changes in HR law, and recommend, implement and enforce the changes for their respective company. HR business partners often work on several projects at once, so they must have a great sense of business acumen, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills as they work with employees and executive level personnel frequently. They must also be strategic thinkers, have knowledge of best practices, and a solid understanding of the workings of HR. The educational requirements for HRBPs are usually a bachelor’s degree and experience in the human resources field. HRBPs generally work typical weekday business hours, but they may be required to work longer or weekend hours depending on their companies' fields.
Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Tasks
  • Advise managers on organizational policy issues and recommend needed changes.
  • Lead a team of HR staff to develop, plan and implement various HR initiatives such as compensation, benefits and performance management programs.
  • Analyze HR practices, and recommend employee relations, employment, compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure legal compliance.

Common Career Paths for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

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There are some Human Resources Business Partners — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Human Resources Business Partners, where earnings are typically $97K annually. Human Resources Directors or Senior Human Resources Managers are common next-step roles for Human Resources Business Partners moving up in their careers; annual pay for Human Resources Directors is $5K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Senior Human Resources Managers.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

Survey results suggest that Human Resources Business Partners put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Business Strategy, Organizational Development, Performance Management, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Full-Cycle Recruiting, Benefits Administration, and Human Resources Information System. Those familiar with Employee Relations also tend to know Organizational Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. Human Resources Business Partners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $80K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in three of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Human Resources Business Partners, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Boston, New York, San Jose, and Washington, where Human Resources Business Partners typically earn around 31 percent, 19 percent, 19 percent, and 12 percent more than usual. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 11 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (11 percent less) and Seattle (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salaries

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$72,000

Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 7%