Pay for Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists sits in the ballpark of $49K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $64K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (84 percent) of Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists who took the survey are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,643 - $64,269
$37K
$49K
$64K
MEDIAN: $49,035
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$13.72 - $24.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,643 - $64,269  
   
Bonus
$99.10 - $6,081  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,978  
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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$34,218 - $64,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $38.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$99.10 - $6,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,978  
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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$34,218 - $64,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,567

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National Average: $47,512

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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Boston (+23 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist Advice

Q: 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.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Bedford:
"If you have trouble with software, classes available."
If you have trouble with our computer software. I can train you.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Rosemead:
"Enhancing your HR Knowledge."
Human Resources comes with many challenges day in and day out, with the right training, resources, and tools to help enhance your knowledge, keep you up-to-date with new Labor Laws, and overall competitive in the field you will be on right track to utilize and execute your expertise thought your career.

Key Stats for Human Resources (HR) Generalist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 997 votes.
073
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
20%
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 997 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

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