Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary

Human Resources Business Partners in the United States take home an average $72K annually. Overall cash earnings for Human Resources Business Partners stretch from $51K on the lower end to $107K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Most Human Resources Business Partners survey respondents are women (77 percent). Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,064 - $99,785
(Median)
$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,077
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$17.13 - $37.44
(Median)
$17
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,064 - $99,785  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,663  
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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$50,512 - $106,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,727
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.13 - $37.44  
   
Overtime
$25.74 - $57.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,663  
   
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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$50,512 - $106,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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 who advance into the role of a Senior Human Resources Business Partner are fairly uncommon. Senior Human Resources Business Partners on average earn $95K per year. It is quite typical for Human Resources Business Partners to transition into roles as Human Resources Directors or Senior Human Resources Managers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner


Target Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, Benefits Administration, and Microsoft Excel. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $73K. On average, Human Resources Business Partners make $80K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


Human Resources Business Partners will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Human Resources Business Partners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), San Jose (+22 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Los Angeles (3 percent lower).

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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%




Performance Management
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 3%

Employee Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

Recruiting
up arrow 3%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 3%

Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Word
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Payroll Administration
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 237 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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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