An average Human Resources Business Partner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $74K annually. Overall cash earnings for Human Resources Business Partners stretch from $52K on the lower end to $105K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Human Resources Business Partners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Most Human Resources Business Partners survey respondents are women (79 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$52,206 - $99,228
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $73,900
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,206 - $99,228  
   
Bonus
$965 - $14,627  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $9,729  
Commission
$10,174  
Total Pay (?
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$51,870 - $104,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,167
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Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$26.80 - $46.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$965 - $14,627  
   
Commission
$10,174  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $9,729  
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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$51,870 - $104,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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

  • Analyze HR practices, and recommend employee relations, employment, compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure legal compliance.
  • Lead a team of HR staff to develop, plan and implement various HR initiatives such as compensation, benefits and performance management programs.
  • Advise managers on organizational policy issues and recommend needed changes.

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. Typical career progression for a Human Resources Business Partner involves becoming a Human Resources Director or a Senior Human Resources Manager, roles that pay $5K more and $10K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner


Known for taking on a considerable number of Human Resources Business Partners, Amazon.com Inc, HCA, Inc., Gannett Co Inc, Target Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp are leading firms in the industry. For Human Resources Business Partners, comfortable salaries can be found at Tesla Motors; in fact, median earnings sit around $95K, the highest in the area. Human Resources Business Partners will also find cushy salaries at Amazon.com Inc (+$87K), Baker Hughes Inc (+$83K), and Target Corporation (+$80K).

Gannett Co Inc, ADP TotalSource, and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $67K, $71K, and $75K.

Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner


Survey results imply that Human Resources Business Partners deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Performance Management, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Employee Relations indicates knowledge of 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 many Human Resources Business Partners, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $82K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $86K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,794

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With a pay rate for Human Resources Business Partners that is 29 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Human Resources Business Partners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average.

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Key Stats for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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