Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, more than three-quarters of Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalists report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $44,307 annually. Overall cash allowance—including $5,047 bonuses and $3,981 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $34,261 and $60,432. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalists is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (?
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$34,261 - $60,432
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MEDIAN: $45,441
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Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (?
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$12.52 - $23.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,261 - $60,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
Profit Sharing
$296.96 - $3,981  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$31,856 - $60,420  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,636
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.52 - $23.74  
   
Overtime
$17.76 - $35.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$296.96 - $3,981  
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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$31,856 - $60,420  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,481
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$44,000
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalists, 31 percent higher than the national average. New York, Washington, Denver, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalists earning around 27 percent, 20 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent more than average. With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents 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 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.

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

ADP Human Resources System
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Employee Relations
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Benefits Administration
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Recruiting
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Training
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$44,000
Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Gender

Female
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Male
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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