Senior Recruiter Salary (United States)

The average Senior Recruiter in the United States earns approximately $68,928 per year. Pay generally spreads from $41,000 to $102,079 per year. Cash earnings of Senior Recruiters—including $12,498 bonuses, $10,067 profit sharing proceeds, and $41K commissions near the top of the pay scale—stretch from approximately $39,627 to approximately $92,074 depending on individual performance. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$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  
PayScale
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 may enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Talent Acquisition Manager can offer an extra $9,313 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. Given the $4,534 drop in salary, it may be surprising to find that a Recruiting Manager is the most common role for Senior Recruiters to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Corporate Recruiter role—which pays $6,884 more—is also typical for Senior Recruiters, though less common by comparison.

Senior Recruiter Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Senior Recruiter

Survey takers who work as Senior Recruiters usually report a few specific 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $55K to $69K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $77K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Senior Recruiters at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $83K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about 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 10. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Seattle, Washington, New York, and Los Angeles, top-paying markets where Senior Recruiters rake in more than the national norm (+28 percent, +17 percent, +16 percent, and +12 percent). Smaller cities are not ideal for Senior Recruiters looking to maximize their earnings. Those in Columbus, Portland, and Minneapolis—the lowest-paid cities for Senior Recruiters in the field—deal with compensation below the national average and all have fewer than a million residents. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (-23 percent) and Minneapolis (-6 percent).

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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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$69,000

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%
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