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Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (United States)

A Human Resources (HR) Generalist earns an average salary of $48,714 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (?
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$35,842 - $65,642
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Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (?
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$13.12 - $24.92
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,842 - $65,642  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,407  
Profit Sharing
$303.86 - $4,470  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,500  
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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$33,910 - $66,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,410
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $24.92  
   
Overtime
$18.45 - $36.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,407  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,500  
Profit Sharing
$303.86 - $4,470  
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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$33,910 - $66,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,325
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Job Description for Human Resources (HR) Generalist

Human resources (HR) generalists are mid-level human resources professionals who generally know a lot about a wide range of human resource-related tasks and information. HR generalists oversee day-to-day human resources tasks. They usually report to an HR manager or an HR director. In small businesses, HR generalists' jobs may overlap with that of an HR manager or director. Any type of human resource professional is extremely important in keeping a positive working environment for employees, therefore, there is a human resources department in almost every corporation in the world. Because every HR generalists' job is different, there are various requirements depending on the workplace and on what the company needs. Often though, a HR generalists are required to have a college degree and work experience in business, communications, management or a related field. Also, HR generalists are usually required to have some prior human resources experience. They often act as liaisons between the employees and management to answer any questions having to do with company policies, practices and regulations. They also have to verify and maintain documents relating to any human resource activities such as staffing, training, and performance evaluations.
Human Resources (HR) Generalist Tasks
  • Guide managers in recruiting and employee relations.
  • Administer employee compensation, training and benefit programs.
  • Acts as liaison between employee and management to answer questions or concerns regarding company policies, practices and regulations.
  • Process, verify and maintain documentation relating to HR activities such as staffing, training and performance evaluations.

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Human Resources (HR) Generalist Reviews

What is it like working as a Human Resources (HR) Generalist?
Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Muskegon:
"Being pulled in 500 directions every minute very stressful."
Pros: The relationship I develop with my employees.
Cons: I'm expected to do 500 things at once and work 60 hours a week and still am not caught up enough.
Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Arlington:
Pros: Flexibility. Focusing on people, connections. Helping others perform at their best.
Cons: Detached from office social scene (for good reason) Sourcing process can be lengthy. Not always quick-hit wins.

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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

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$48,000

Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 3070 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 12%