Human Resources (HR) Representative Salary (United States)

More than half of Human Resources (HR) Representatives are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $41,098 annually. Pay begins at $29,533 on the low end and climbs to $58,472 per year near the top. Overall cash earnings for Human Resources (HR) Representatives stretch from $32,734 on the lower end to $60,754 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $4,482 from bonuses and $4,128 from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a majority get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Human Resources (HR) Representatives. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Human Resources (HR) Representative Salary (?
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$32,734 - $60,754
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MEDIAN: $44,390
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Human Resources (HR) Representative Salary (?
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$12.28 - $22.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,734 - $60,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,482  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $4,128  
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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$29,533 - $58,472  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 816
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $22.35  
   
Overtime
$17.59 - $34.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,482  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $4,128  
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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$29,533 - $58,472  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 518
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Job Description for Human Resources (HR) Representative

Human resources (HR) representatives complete a number of tasks within the human resources department, such as supporting the organization's personnel-related goals and conducting benefits reporting. They also provide support for your employees by creating a good relationship among all groups of the workplace and create programs and workplace activities related to employee wellness and benefits.
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Human Resources (HR) Representative Tasks
  • Answers employee questions about human resources policies and procedures, and refers to specialist as needed.
  • Coordinates new hire orientation, HR events, benefits open enrollment and company-wide meetings.
  • Administers and maintains HR activities and programs; such as staffing, compensation, benefits, training and safety.

Common Career Paths for Human Resources (HR) Representative

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Human Resources (HR) Representatives who assume a position such as a Human Resources (HR) Director—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $36K per year. It is quite typical for Human Resources (HR) Representatives to transition into roles as Human Resources (HR) Generalists or Human Resources Managers, where expected earnings are an additional $5,146 or $16,497 per year.

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Popular Skills for Human Resources (HR) Representative

Survey takers working as Human Resources (HR) Representatives report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Full-Cycle Recruiting, Benefits & Compensation, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and Benefits Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 20 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well-versed in Human Resources.

Pay by Experience Level for Human Resources (HR) Representative

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $39K, increasing to $45K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $46K after 10 to 20 years. Human Resources (HR) Representatives who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $47K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Human Resources (HR) Representatives, 14 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Houston, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Dallas, top-paying markets where Human Resources (HR) Representatives rake in more than the national norm (+12 percent, +11 percent, +10 percent, and +10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Phoenix (-10 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Human Resources (HR) Representative Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Human Resources (HR) Representative Salaries

Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 13%
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