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Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Human Resources Clerks in the United States typically come in around $13.06 per hour. Although more than half have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. In this field, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Human Resources Clerks are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salary (?
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$21,975 - $44,971
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MEDIAN: $29,988
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Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salary (?
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$9.96 - $16.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,975 - $44,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $1,233  
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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$21,090 - $36,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $16.14  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $25.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $1,233  
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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$21,090 - $36,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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Job Description for Human Resources (HR) Clerk

The human resources (HR) clerk is responsible for assisting the human resources department with employee hiring, administrative duties, and clerical duties. They are in charge of maintaining human resources records and documentation, creating and distributing human resources procedures, completing data entry tasks, and answering human resources phone calls and emails. Additionally, the human resources clerk is responsible for daily administrative tasks of the human resources department including filing, faxing, copying, and organizing departmental files.
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Human Resources (HR) Clerk Tasks
  • Gather, organize and file paperwork for employees records.
  • Assist with general human resources clerical duties, such as creating personnel files and processing applications.
  • Assist in projects, such as; HR events, benefits open enrollment, employee communications and company-wide meetings.
  • Answer employee questions regarding forms and procedures, and refer to specialist as needed.

Common Career Paths for Human Resources (HR) Clerk

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Though some Human Resources Clerks move into positions like Human Resources Manager (where the average salary is $58K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Human Resources Clerks to transition into roles as Human Resources Assistants or Human Resources Generalists, where reported median earnings are $4K and $18K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Clerk

Human Resources Clerks report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Benefits Administration and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Human Resources (HR) Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Human Resources Clerks see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $25K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a fair portion of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salaries

National Average
$28,000
Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salaries

Benefits Administration
up arrow 31%
Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Word
0%
National Average
$28,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%
Recruiting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 29%