Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary

Senior Human Resources Business Partners in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately three in four have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $91K annually, but may range from $67K to $138K per year. In the world of Senior Human Resources Business Partners, overall income ranges from $67K near the bottom to $138K at the top; this can include more than $23K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and most collect vision insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,912 - $124,058

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$65,912 - $124,058  
$2,068 - $22,747  
Profit Sharing
$283.83 - $24,658  
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$66,807 - $138,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 587
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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Performance Management, and Employee Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Recruiting, Human Resources Information System, and Training Program Development. Most people skilled in Employee Relations are similarly competent in 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.

Senior Human Resources Business Partners with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $80K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $87K on average. On average, Senior Human Resources Business Partners make $97K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Senior Human Resources Business Partners in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Human Resources Business Partners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), and Houston (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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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
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Employee Relations
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National Average

Full-Cycle Recruiting
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Benefits & Compensation
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Training Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.


79 %
21 %

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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 84% employee benefits None: 5%