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Sr. Human Resources (HR) Business Partner Salary

Senior Human Resources Business Partners in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $92K annually on average but can range from $67K to $142K per year. The range in cash compensation to Senior Human Resources Business Partners ($67K to $142K) includes potential earnings of $25K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and most get vision coverage. Most Senior Human Resources Business Partners survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most Senior Human Resources Business Partners report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$65,830 - $125,208
MEDIAN: $91,582

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$65,830 - $125,208  
$2,987 - $24,666  
Profit Sharing
$281.88 - $24,832  
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).
$66,753 - $142,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 537

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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

Survey results suggest that Senior Human Resources Business Partners put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources Information System, Training Program Development, and Recruiting. Those familiar with Employee Relations also tend to know 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 many Senior Human Resources Business Partners, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $81K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $86K. Senior Human Resources Business Partners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $98K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $108K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Human Resources Business Partners, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 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 (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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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 87 votes.


78 %
22 %

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%