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Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary

The median salary for Human Resources Business Partners in the United States is approximately $72K per year, but employers pay the most in San Francisco, offering around $105K on average. Human Resources Business Partners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Boston (+25 percent), San Jose (+25 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,188 - $100,127
(Median)
$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,020
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$16.82 - $37.91
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$17
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,188 - $100,127  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,842  
Profit Sharing
$980 - $8,266  
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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$50,614 - $107,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,632
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.82 - $37.91  
   
Overtime
$25.31 - $59.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,842  
   
Profit Sharing
$980 - $8,266  
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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$50,614 - $107,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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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Human Resources Business Partners do not often transition into Senior Human Resources Business Partner roles. The role averages $96K 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.

Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner


ADP TotalSource offers the best pay with a median salary of $78K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $55K and maxing out at just $94K.

Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner


Survey results imply that Human Resources Business Partners deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in 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.


For Human Resources Business Partners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $63K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. Human Resources Business Partners see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $82K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

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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
up arrow 13%




Training
up arrow 5%

Performance Management
up arrow 4%

Full-Cycle Recruiting
up arrow 2%

Employee Relations
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National Average
$73,000

Recruiting
up arrow 2%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 2%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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