Human Resources Senior Vice President (SVP) Salary

Average Human Resources Senior VPs in the United States make around $157K per year. Cash earnings for Human Resources Senior VPs — which occasionally include more than $97K from bonuses and more than $102K from profit sharing — stretch from around $101K to approximately $311K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Human Resources Senior VPs (63 percent) who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$97,384 - $246,095
MEDIAN: $157,349

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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.
$97,384 - $246,095  
$4,983 - $96,576  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $102,129  
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).
$101,300 - $311,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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Job Description for Human Resources Senior Vice President (SVP)

Human resources senior vice presidents (SVP) generally report directly to the chief executive officer (CEO) of a company. The responsibilities of these SVPs often involve large acts of leadership to ensure that the company operates at the highest possible level of efficiency.


Human Resources Senior Vice President (SVP) Tasks

  • Oversee human resources department, including communication and policy training.
  • Develop assessment and review strategies to determine current state, needs and outreach.
  • Direct performance assessment goals and standards.
  • Set workforce and training goals for the organization, including recruitment and talent growth.
  • Enforce organizational policies and investigate misconduct.

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Survey results suggest that Human Resources Senior VPs put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Strategy Development, Organizational Development, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 15 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources, Recruiting, and Benefits & Compensation. Employee Relations is a skill commonly found among those who know Benefits & Compensation.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $173,887

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Human Resources Senior VPs in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Human Resources Senior VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent) and Los Angeles (+23 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Human Resources Senior VPs in Philadelphia earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Columbus and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Human Resources Senior Vice President (SVP) Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Human Resources Senior Vice President (SVP) Salaries

Strategy Development
up arrow 27%

Organizational Development
up arrow 15%

People Management
up arrow 11%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

National Average

Employee Relations
up arrow 2%

up arrow 14%

Human Resources
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 8%