Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists take home an average $46K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists can bottom out near $33K or peak near $61K depending on individual performance. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$35,086 - $61,218
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,415
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$12.91 - $24.02
(Median)
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,086 - $61,218  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,079  
Profit Sharing
$292.99 - $4,048  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,069  
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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$32,916 - $61,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $24.02  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $35.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,079  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,069  
Profit Sharing
$292.99 - $4,048  
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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$32,916 - $61,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,584
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Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists, 32 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist Advice

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

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Asheville:
"Pick your management team carefully."
Frustration is defined as finding and offering a solution to a problem, and having it fall on deaf ears while being minimized.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Washington:
"Learn everything you can."
I would advise anyone new to the HR Generalist role is as the title implies try to learn everything you can about the HR function and make a concerted effort to master all of those scopes that come with the HR field. This will put you on the path down the road to be elevated to a HR Manager.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Yakima:
"The pay freeze and lack of software and policies/ procedures."
In your interview: Ask questions about software, pay increase frequency, and compliance with policies and procedures.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Holly Ridge:
"Enjoys coaching and mentoring others to make a difference."
I would suggest that a new HR Generalist Enjoy your job with the self-satisfaction that you can and will make a difference in others life by instilling integrity, honesty, great work ethics, following company processes and procedures, state and federal laws and the ability to know at the end of the day, you gave it 110+% and is satisfied with the results.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Washington:
"Educated HR Professionals Succeed."
All HR Generalist worth their salt, stay up to date on legal issues, industry standards and news. Utilize every networking connection, every colleague to gain information on what is up and coming in HR. Utilize free online resources such as LinkedIn, SHRM and Department of Labor to name a few. These sites have a plethora of information on labor market information and legal statute changes.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries



Employee Relations
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Training
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Benefits Administration
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Recruiting
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Benefits & Compensation
0%

Hiring
0%

National Average
$45,000

ADP Payroll System
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Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1324 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 11%
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