Recruiting Director Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Recruiting Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $47K to $146K per year, but median earnings come to around $86K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women Recruiting Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Recruiting Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$42,791 - $132,377
MEDIAN: $85,637

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$42,791 - $132,377  
$503 - $28,383  
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$11,000 - $55,000  
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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).
$46,558 - $146,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 283
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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

  • 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.
  • Oversee the sourcing and placement of candidates whose values are inline with the organizations overall goals and needs to management.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Recruiting Director

Recruiting Directors report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Leadership, People Management, and Full-Cycle Recruiting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 61 percent, 20 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in People Management are similarly competent 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $56K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $85K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $109K. Recruiting Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $110K.

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Experience Affects Recruiting Director Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.


56 %
44 %

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: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 14%