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Senior Recruiter Salary (United States)

Pay for Senior Recruiters in the United States is typically around $65K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $12K, $10K, and $41K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Recruiters can bottom out near $41K or top out at around $102K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to the greater part, and more than half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Recruiters is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Recruiter Salary (?
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$39,627 - $92,074
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MEDIAN: $64,844
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Senior Recruiter Salary (?
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$15.17 - $52.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,627 - $92,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,498  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Commission
$496.65 - $40,851  
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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$41,000 - $102,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$15.17 - $52.93  
   
Overtime
$21.10 - $122.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,498  
   
Commission
$496.65 - $40,851  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$41,000 - $102,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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Job Description for Senior Recruiter

Large companies frequently employ a senior recruiter to meet staffing needs across all areas of the business, ensuring that needed positions are regularly filled. Generally, companies that require employees across a wide variety of disciplines use a senior recruiter, as they can correctly balance labor needs with budgetary requirements.
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Senior Recruiter Tasks
  • May be involved in writing and placing advertising for open positions in publications; online and print.
  • Source, screen and interview applicants to obtain information on work history, training, education, and job skills for open positions; may utilize ATS.
  • Arrange for interviews and provide travel arrangements as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with hiring managers to stay abreast of current and future hiring and business needs.
  • Advise managers and employees on staffing policies and procedures.

Common Career Paths for Senior Recruiter

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Senior Recruiters who transition into an upper level Talent Acquisition Manager position may earn higher paychecks. The median income for that position is $78K per year. Going from Senior Recruiter to Recruiting Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Recruiting Managers is $64K. Many others choose to work as Senior Corporate Recruiters, where pay is typically $76K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Recruiter

Survey takers who work as Senior Recruiters report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Full-Cycle Recruiting, Sourcing, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 9 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Recruiting also know Full-Cycle Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Recruiter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Senior Recruiters. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $69K. Senior Recruiters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. Senior Recruiters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $83K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, over one-half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up more than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 0 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Recruiters, 38 percent higher than the national average. Seattle, Washington, New York, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Senior Recruiters earning around 28 percent, 17 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent more than average. Senior Recruiters in Columbus, Portland, and Minneapolis — all cities with populations under a million — not only make less than the national average for those in this profession but represent the lowest-paid cities in the country for Senior Recruiters — those in search of more money should head to busier, more densely populated areas. Portland and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 23 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Recruiter Salaries

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$69,000

Skills That Affect Senior Recruiter Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 15%