Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary

Median pay for Human Resources Business Partners in the United States is around $72K annually. In the world of Human Resources Business Partners, total cash compensation can vary between $51K and $107K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $9K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Human Resources Business Partners making up 77 percent. Most Human Resources Business Partners report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,092 - $99,721
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$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,070
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$17.09 - $37.52
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$17
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,092 - $99,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,682  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $8,500  
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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$50,579 - $106,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,743
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.09 - $37.52  
   
Overtime
$25.74 - $57.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,682  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $8,500  
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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$50,579 - $106,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Human Resources Business Partners move into roles as Senior Human Resources Business Partners, where pay is an average $95K per year. Human Resources Business Partners most often move into positions as Human Resources Directors or Senior Human Resources Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner


Those at Target Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $80K.

Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner


Survey takers working as Human Resources Business Partners report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Employee Relations also 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. Human Resources Business Partners who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Human Resources Business Partners, 43 percent higher than the national average. Human Resources Business Partners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), New York (+26 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Workers in Atlanta and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salaries

Human Resources
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Performance Management
up arrow 4%

Training
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Employee Relations
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National Average
$73,000

Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Recruiting
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Benefits & Compensation
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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