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Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (United States)

More than 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 $45K to $88K per year, and the average comes out 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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Human Resources Generalists. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Female Senior Human Resources Generalists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (?
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$45,543 - $83,924
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MEDIAN: $62,672
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Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary (?
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$15.91 - $38.70
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,543 - $83,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,644  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,147  
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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$45,086 - $87,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,016
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.91 - $38.70  
   
Overtime
$20.68 - $45.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,644  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,147  
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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$45,086 - $87,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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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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For Senior Human Resources Generalists, career progression to a Senior Human Resources Business Partner role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Senior Human Resources Business Partner, an upper-level role, can earn $96K annually. 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 results imply that Senior Human Resources Generalists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Performance Management, Organizational Development, Labor Relations, and Employee Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Employee Relations also know Recruiting and Benefits Administration. It is often found that people who know Benefits & Compensation are also skilled in 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 many Senior Human Resources Generalists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $55K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. Senior Human Resources Generalists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $67K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Senior Human Resources Generalists that is 29 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (12 percent lower) and Seattle (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

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$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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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
87%
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Male
13%
male alumni

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%