Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

A little over a half of Senior Human Resources Generalists in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $46K to $88K per year, and the average comes out to $63K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Human Resources Generalists stretch from $46K on the lower end to $88K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Senior Human Resources Generalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Senior Human Resources Generalists (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,085 - $84,245
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,002
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$16.45 - $38.44
(Median)
$16
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,085 - $84,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,825  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,145  
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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$45,623 - $87,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.45 - $38.44  
   
Overtime
$23.05 - $46.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,825  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,145  
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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$45,623 - $87,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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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At the upper end, Senior Human Resources Generalists who move into a Senior Human Resources Business Partner role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Human Resources Business Partners is a much higher $95K 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


Senior Human Resources Generalists report using 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Benefits & Compensation tend to be well versed in Benefits Administration and Recruiting. The majority of those who know Employee Relations 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.


For many Senior Human Resources Generalists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Senior Human Resources Generalists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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


Senior Human Resources Generalists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Senior Human Resources Generalists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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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



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Recruiting
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$64,000

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 441 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
41%
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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