Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

The majority of Senior Human Resources Generalists in the United States — just over a half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $46K to $88K per year, and the median is $63K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Human Resources Generalists can bottom out near $46K or peak near $88K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Senior Human Resources Generalists (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Human Resources Generalists is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,165 - $84,013

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$16.53 - $38.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,165 - $84,013  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,702  
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $5,781  
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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$45,702 - $87,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.53 - $38.12  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $46.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,702  
   
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $5,781  
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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$45,702 - $87,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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Senior Human Resources Generalists may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Human Resources Business Partner, where median compensation is $95K annually. Given that the median pay is $58K, it may be surprising to find that a Human Resources Manager is the most common role for Senior Human Resources Generalists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Human Resources Director role — which pays $78K — is also typical for Senior Human Resources Generalists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


Senior Human Resources Generalists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Performance Management, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Benefits & Compensation also tend to know Benefits Administration and Recruiting. Those familiar with Employee Relations tend to be well versed in Recruiting and Benefits Administration.

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

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Senior Human Resources Generalists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $68K on average.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Baltimore. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (6 percent less) and Seattle (2 percent less).

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries



Employee Relations
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Legal Compliance
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Benefits & Compensation
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Recruiting
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Training
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National Average
$64,000

Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 432 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

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