Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists can bottom out near $34K or peak near $64K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The vast majority of Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,478 - $64,217
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$49K
$64K
MEDIAN: $48,879
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$13.55 - $24.70
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,478 - $64,217  
   
Bonus
$100.06 - $5,995  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,010  
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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$34,066 - $63,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.55 - $24.70  
   
Overtime
$20.29 - $38.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$100.06 - $5,995  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,010  
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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$34,066 - $63,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,518
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,183

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Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Hanford:
"Wish I Had Specialized Sooner."
Learn all you can about employment law, payroll law, and leave law. Don't worry about administrative tasks like running payroll, entering data into the HRIS, etc.. Someone can always be trained to perform those functions. But as the Generalist, you better know WHY those functions must be done in a certain way and what are HR best practices in an industry that is always changing.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Boston:
Ask a lot of questions- if you don't understand something find someone who does or look for a network of peers that can help.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Aspen:
"Jump in with both feet."
Try everything because you'll never know what you like! Learning new competencies and becoming well-rounded is an excellent skill.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Fort Worth:
"Varied tasks and outside HR realm."
My tasks have varied greatly and still include being the point person for the IT contractors and liaison to the Board of Directors. If I could focus simply on HR, I could make a huge difference here.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Rochester:
"Make sure there is "Human" in Human Resources."
Through my years, make a point to interact and get to know your employees. Don't just be a name.

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Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries


Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Employee Relations
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ADP Human Resources System
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Training
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Leave of Absence Administration
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National Average
$47,000

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Recruiting
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 954 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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