With a little over a 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 $65K per year and can range from $49K on the lower end to $89K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Senior Human Resources Generalists bottoms out near $49K and approaches $89K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Human Resources Generalists (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,019 - $85,233
$49K
$65K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,996
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$17.79 - $35.65
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$36
MEDIAN: $24.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,019 - $85,233  
   
Bonus
$393.80 - $10,066  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,629  
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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$48,504 - $88,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.79 - $35.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12  
Overtime
$24.46 - $47.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$393.80 - $10,066  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,629  
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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$48,504 - $88,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 156

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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 $137K per year. A Human Resources Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Human Resources Generalists. Paychecks for that role are $59K on average. The Human Resources Director position is another common transition for Senior Human Resources Generalists; in this role, salaries are typically at the $80K mark.

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Popular Skills for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


Survey results imply that Senior Human Resources Generalists deploy a deep pool 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Benefits & Compensation also know 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.


Senior Human Resources Generalists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $61K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $65K. Senior Human Resources Generalists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Senior Human Resources Generalists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,365

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Human Resources Generalists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Human Resources Generalists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent), New York (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Portland (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 10 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 257 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
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



National Average
$65,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
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%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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