Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

With slightly more than half of Senior Human Resources Generalists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $46K to $87K per year and averages out to $63K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Human Resources Generalists range from $46K on the low end to $87K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $7K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (87 percent) of Senior Human Resources Generalists who took the survey are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,704 - $83,811
(Median)
$47K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,290
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$16.51 - $38.91
(Median)
$17
$24
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,704 - $83,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,677  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,336  
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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$46,065 - $87,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $38.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12  
Overtime
$22.57 - $47.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,677  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,336  
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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$46,065 - $87,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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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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Though some Senior Human Resources Generalists move into positions like Senior Human Resources Business Partner (where the average salary is $95K), this progression is not the norm. Becoming a Human Resources Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Human Resources Generalists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Human Resources Manager is $58K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Human Resources Generalists to assume a Human Resources Director role; in this role, workers often take home $79K.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Benefits & Compensation indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Human Resources Generalists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $67K. Senior Human Resources Generalists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,980

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

With a pay rate for Senior Human Resources Generalists that is 25 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Human Resources Generalists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Portland (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). In Baltimore, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 2 percent less in Dallas and 1 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Training
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$64,000

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Recruiting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 456 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: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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