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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 slightly more than half of Senior Human Resources Generalists. Pay fluctuates from $45K to $88K per year, but expected earnings average $63K per year. 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. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more female Senior Human Resources Generalists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 87 percent. Most Senior Human Resources Generalists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,941 - $84,068
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $62,819
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$16.26 - $38.57
(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
$45,941 - $84,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,667  
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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$45,472 - $87,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.26 - $38.57  
   
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 - $9,667  
   
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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$45,472 - $87,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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 $95K on average per year. As Senior Human Resources Generalists progress in their field, many go on to become Human Resources Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $58K. Another common career choice for Senior Human Resources Generalists is to move into a Human Resources Director role — this promotion usually pays $78K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Performance Management, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Benefits & Compensation also know Benefits Administration and Recruiting. People who know Employee Relations usually also know 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.


Senior Human Resources Generalists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Human Resources Generalists make a median salary of $67K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $68K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Human Resources Generalists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Senior Human Resources Generalists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Baltimore is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin and Seattle (2 percent lower).

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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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Training
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Recruiting
0%

National Average
$64,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 462 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
14%

Common Health Benefits

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