Recruiting Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $93K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash incomes of Recruiting Directors run from $58K to $161K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $31K, profit sharing that reaches $64K, and some commissions of nearly $78K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women Recruiting Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Recruiting Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$52,039 - $147,612
MEDIAN: $92,754

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$52,039 - $147,612  
$3,058 - $30,701  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $64,111  
$5,068 - $77,920  
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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).
$58,261 - $161,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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Job Description for Recruiting Director

Recruiting directors are responsible for setting guidelines for the company's hiring policies and overseeing a team of employees. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are important in this position, as they must maintain constant communication with upper management and members of the recruiting and human resources (HR) departments. They must also be proficient with Microsoft Office and other administrative software to produce and deliver reports and data related to the company’s talent pool and current employees.


Recruiting Director Tasks

  • Ensure services and policies are in compliance with company, professional standards and state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Direct the selection, training and development of recruitment staff.
  • Oversee the sourcing and placement of candidates whose values are inline with the organizations overall goals and needs to management.
  • Manage the advertising and recruitment budget, as well as the relationship with outside agencies.
  • Plan and guide development and implementation of recruitment strategy and initiatives to meet organizational objectives.

Common Career Paths for Recruiting Director

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As Recruiting Directors transition into upper-level roles like Human Resources Director, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Human Resources Directors will usually earn $80K.

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Popular Skills for Recruiting Director

Survey results imply that Recruiting Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 44 percent above average. Human Resources and Recruiting, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know People Management are also skilled in Full-Cycle Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Recruiting Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Recruiting Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $66K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $89K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $120K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $125K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,484

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

For those looking to make money, Recruiting Directors in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 59 percent above the national average. Recruiting Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+46 percent), New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Washington (+1 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Recruiting Director's salary, with Dallas Recruiting Directors earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Recruiting Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Recruiting Director Salaries

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Full-Cycle Recruiting

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.


55 %
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 11%