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Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary

More than two-thirds of Senior Human Resources Business Partners in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $67K to $146K per year, but median earnings come to around $92K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $25K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $67K and hits $146K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female Senior Human Resources Business Partners far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and most get vision plans, too. For the most part, Senior Human Resources Business Partners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
$66,244 - $125,295
MEDIAN: $92,313

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$66,244 - $125,295  
$1,939 - $25,068  
Profit Sharing
$1,927 - $25,760  
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).
$67,000 - $145,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 395
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Job Description for Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

A senior human resources (HR) business partner is typically the final authority within a company on matters concerning the business' employees. The HR business partner works to establish legally sound hiring and termination procedures, and then ensures that managers and supervisors understand and adhere to these policies. Due to the expense of training and hiring new employees, the senior HR partner also helps develop screening and interview procedures aimed at reducing turnover.


Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Tasks

  • Advise and facilitate legal proceedings and employment issues.
  • Develop and implement HR strategies, including bargaining, terminations, policy violations, hiring and others.
  • Identify, pursue and hire prospects, on-boarding them and coaching for success.
  • Collaborate internally and externally to solve human resources problems and direct solutions.
  • Lead change management strategies and mentor employees.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

Senior Human Resources Business Partners generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and Performance Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources Information System, Recruiting, and Training Program Development. For most people, competency in Employee Relations indicates knowledge of Organizational Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For Senior Human Resources Business Partners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $78K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $87K on average. Senior Human Resources Business Partners bring in $99K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $108K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Senior Human Resources Business Partners that is 35 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Human Resources Business Partners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+24 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Human Resources Business Partner's salary, with Orlando Senior Human Resources Business Partners earning salaries that are 39 percent less than the national average. Dallas and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 25 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salaries

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Skills That Affect Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 25%

Employee Relations
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National Average

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 3%

Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Training Program Development
up arrow 8%

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.


80 %
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 84% employee benefits None: 5%