Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

The majority of Senior Human Resources Generalists in the United States — slightly more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $46K to $88K per year, and the median is $63K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Human Resources Generalists bottoms out near $46K and approaches $88K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Human Resources Generalists is high. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Human Resources Generalists (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,077 - $84,268
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,076
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$16.46 - $38.37
(Median)
$16
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,077 - $84,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,807  
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,138  
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 - $87,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.46 - $38.37  
   
Overtime
$23.12 - $46.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,807  
   
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,138  
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 - $87,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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, progressing to a Senior Human Resources Business Partner role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Human Resources Business Partner can earn $95K annually. Given that the median pay is $58K, it may be surprising to find that a Human Resources Manager is the most common role for Senior Human Resources Generalists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Human Resources Director role — which pays $78K — is also typical for Senior Human Resources Generalists, though less common by comparison.

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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 seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Benefits & Compensation are also skilled in Benefits Administration and Recruiting. Those proficient in Employee Relations are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Human Resources Generalists make a median salary of $67K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings 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 28 percent. Senior Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Baltimore. Austin and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 2 percent less than the median.

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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Benefits & Compensation
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Legal Compliance
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Recruiting
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$64,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 436 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
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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