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Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salary

The average Human Resources Clerk in the United States earns approximately $13.31 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.01 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.54. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Human Resources Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Human Resources Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Nearly one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,706 - $47,003
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,462
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$10.01 - $16.54
(Median)
$10
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,706 - $47,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
Profit Sharing
$287.50 - $3,100  
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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$21,156 - $38,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $16.54  
   
Overtime
$14.84 - $25.31  
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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$287.50 - $3,100  
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).
)
$21,156 - $38,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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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There are some Human Resources Clerks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Human Resources Managers, where earnings are an average $58K annually. When Human Resources Clerks are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Human Resources Assistants or Human Resources Generalists. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $18K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Clerk


Survey results suggest that Human Resources Clerks use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Benefits Administration and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual and Human Resources. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Human Resources (HR) Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Human Resources Clerks make a median salary of $30K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $25K.

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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salaries



National Average
$29,000


Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Clerk Salaries

Benefits Administration
up arrow 27%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

Recruiting
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
up arrow 9%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 26%
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