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Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

Senior Human Resources Generalists in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $45K to $88K per year, median earnings come to $63K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Human Resources Generalists — including $10K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $45K to $88K depending on individual performance. Geography 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. Most Senior Human Resources Generalists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,832 - $84,102
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $62,690
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$16.23 - $38.70
(Median)
$16
$24
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,832 - $84,102  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,682  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,158  
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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$45,357 - $87,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.23 - $38.70  
   
Overtime
$22.57 - $45.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,682  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,158  
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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$45,357 - $87,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner. The average Senior Human Resources Business Partner brings home $96K per year. The most common promotion for Senior Human Resources Generalists is a Human Resources Manager position, which usually brings in $58K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Human Resources Generalists seeking advancement is to assume a Human Resources Director role, where pay is often $78K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


Survey takers working as Senior Human Resources Generalists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Performance Management, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Employee Relations are similarly competent in Recruiting and Benefits Administration. Those familiar with Benefits & Compensation also tend to 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.


For Senior Human Resources Generalists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $63K. Senior Human Resources Generalists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $67K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $68K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Human Resources Generalists, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 2 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Austin and Seattle.

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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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Recruiting
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$64,000

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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 467 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: 7%
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