Entry-Level Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists take home approximately $50K annually on average. In the world of Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists, total cash compensation can vary between $34K and $65K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $5K, respectively. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$37,093 - $64,863
$37K
$50K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,533
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$14.01 - $24.97
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.26
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$37,093 - $64,863  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $6,117  
Profit Sharing
$-0.47 - $5,001  
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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$34,388 - $64,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.01 - $24.97  
   
Overtime
$20.54 - $39.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$206.08 - $6,117  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.47 - $5,001  
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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$34,388 - $64,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,674

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Employees at The Boeing Company enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $64K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $49K and higher ones not far away at only $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,027

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For Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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 Skowhegan:
"Variety is the Spice of Life."
Learn as much as you can about all aspects of HR. Never say no to a project, training, assignment--stay positive and enjoy every aspect!

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.

Key Stats for Human Resources (HR) Generalist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1095 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1095 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 13%
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