Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

Senior Human Resources Generalists who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little over a half of Senior Human Resources Generalists. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $89K per year, but expected earnings average $65K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Human Resources Generalists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $89K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Senior Human Resources Generalists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,765 - $85,716
$50K
$65K
$86K
MEDIAN: $65,154
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50%
90%

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$18.12 - $36.38
$18
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $24.94
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,765 - $85,716  
   
Bonus
$499.33 - $10,111  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,237  
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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$49,240 - $88,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.12 - $36.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12  
Overtime
$23.99 - $48.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$499.33 - $10,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,237  
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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$49,240 - $88,929  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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Job Description for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist

The role of human resources is one that many people will have encountered in just about any job, but there are multiple facets of a human resources department that help it run smoothly. Arguably, one of the most important roles in the department is the human resources generalist. The generalists try to maintain a steady flow of information and help between all workers, from the top to the bottom. This position primarily exists so that the role of human resources can fulfill its purpose as an efficiency regulator and interpersonal management resource.

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Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Tasks

  • Acts as liaison between employee and management to answer questions or concerns regarding company policies, practices and regulations.
  • Collect and analyze human resources data, and make recommendations for changes to management.
  • Design and execute human resources policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate human resources generalists and guide all recruiting and employee relations processes.
  • Administer employee compensation, training and benefit programs.

Common Career Paths for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


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At the upper end, Senior Human Resources Generalists who move into a VP of Human Resources role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Human Resources is a much higher $138K per year. More often than not, a Human Resources Manager role is the next step for Senior Human Resources Generalists moving up in the field. Pay for Human Resources Managers is usually $59K. Many Senior Human Resources Generalists choose to take on a Human Resources Director role instead, where salaries are typically $80K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


Senior Human Resources Generalists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Performance Management, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Benefits & Compensation also know Benefits Administration and Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist

Pay by Experience for a Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 361 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 779 salaries. An experienced Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 819 salaries. A Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 219 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,679

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Human Resources Generalists, 24 percent above the national average. Senior Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Irvine (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist?

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Easley:
"Work Environment."
Pros: I am most grateful for my supervisor and co-workers. We are all very like-minded and they make it an enjoyable place to work.
Cons: I am not sure what the future holds for this company, and it is starting to struggle financially.

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Key Stats for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 266 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$66,000

▼1%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 8%
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