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

A typical Human Resources (HR) Business Partner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $72,147 annually. Compensation ranges from $49,948 on the low end to $106,586 per year on the high end. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, the vast majority individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. Female Human Resources (HR) Business Partners make up most of the field at 77 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary (?
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$50,212 - $100,511
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Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary (?
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$14.75 - $36.33
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National Salary Data

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$50,212 - $100,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,863  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $8,211  
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$49,948 - $106,586  
PayScale
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
Bonus
$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  
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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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While Human Resources (HR) Business Partners do not often become Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partners, the ones that do transition make an extra $25K per year. It is quite typical for Human Resources (HR) Business Partners to transition into roles as Human Resources (HR) Directors or Sr. Human Resources (HR) Managers, where expected earnings are an additional $5,393 or $11,465 per year.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Full-Cycle Recruiting, Benefits Administration, and Human Resources Information System (HRIS). 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.
For Human Resources (HR) Business Partners, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Salaries start at $62K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $80K. Salaries grow more slowly as Human Resources (HR) Business Partners approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $83K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third 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 7 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Human Resources (HR) Business Partners in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Boston, New York, San Jose, and Washington are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Human Resources (HR) Business Partners earning around 31 percent, 19 percent, 19 percent, and 12 percent more than average. In San Diego, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around -11 percent in Miami and -5 percent in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%
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