Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

With over one-half of Senior Human Resources Generalists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Human Resources Generalists is $62K per year and can range from $45K on the lower end to $87K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Senior Human Resources Generalists bottoms out near $45K and approaches $87K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Senior Human Resources Generalists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Work is enjoyable for Senior Human Resources Generalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,692 - $83,697
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$46K
$62K
$84K
MEDIAN: $62,443
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$16.22 - $39.07
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$16
$24
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,692 - $83,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,555  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $5,165  
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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$45,234 - $87,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,163
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.22 - $39.07  
   
Overtime
$22.39 - $45.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,555  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $5,165  
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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$45,234 - $87,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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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

  • Coordinate human resources generalists and guide all recruiting and employee relations processes.
  • Administer employee compensation, training and benefit programs.
  • Design and execute human resources policies and procedures.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


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As Senior Human Resources Generalists transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Human Resources Business Partner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Human Resources Business Partners earn $96K on average per year. Becoming a Human Resources Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Human Resources Generalists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Human Resources Manager is $58K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Human Resources Generalists to assume a Human Resources Director role; in this role, workers often take home $78K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


Senior Human Resources Generalists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Performance Management, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Employee Relations also know Recruiting and Benefits Administration. Most people skilled in Benefits & Compensation are similarly competent in Benefits Administration and Recruiting.

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

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


For Senior Human Resources Generalists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. Senior Human Resources Generalists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $66K. Senior Human Resources Generalists 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 $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Human Resources Generalists, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Human Resources Generalists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Seattle (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 485 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%