Director of Human Resources (HR) Salary

Nearly three in four of Directors of Human Resources in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $56K to $158K per year, but median earnings come to around $94K annually. Cash earnings for Directors of Human Resources — including $30K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $56K to $158K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Human Resources like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Directors of Human Resources are female. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$58,802 - $147,381
$59K
$96K
$150K
MEDIAN: $96,427
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$15.63 - $45.00
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$45
MEDIAN: $24.98
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$0$160K
Salary $58,802 - $147,381
Bonus $1,009 - $30,347
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $15,370
Commission $12,000
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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$58,682 - $160,768
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,101
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $15.63 - $45.00
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$160K
Bonus $1,009 - $30,347
Commission $12,000
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $15,370
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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$58,682 - $160,768
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

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Job Description for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Human resources directors are responsible for guiding and managing the overall activities of their companies' human resources (HR) departments. These responsibilities include managing HR services and policies along with programs for the entire company. HR directors serve as advocates who ensures that all company and employee interactions are handled in a fair and consistent manner. Other responsibilities generally include recruiting, orientation, development and training of new employees, payroll processing, and salary and benefit administration. HR directors are also responsible for employee relations and policy development along with performance improvement. They generally report directly to the CEO (or other executive staff members) and are responsible for compliance with all regulatory concerns.

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Director of Human Resources (HR) Tasks

  • Ensure policies, procedures and HR programs are consistently administered, aligned with organizational goals and are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.
  • Plan, direct and manages all human resources initiatives; recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and employee relations of an organization.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development of HR programs.

Common Career Paths for Director of Human Resources (HR)


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Directors of Human Resources may progress into high-paying roles like Chief Human Resources Officer, where median compensation is $162K annually. Directors of Human Resources go on to become Human Resources Directors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $80K. Directors of Human Resources who move into a VP of Human Resources role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $138K.

Director of Human Resources (HR) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Director of Human Resources (HR)


Directors of Human Resources seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Business Strategy, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Payroll Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Benefits Administration and Human Resources Information System also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Benefits & Compensation are similarly competent in Legal Compliance and Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Pay by Experience for a Director of Human Resources (HR) has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Human Resources (HR) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 166 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Human Resources (HR) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 401 salaries. An experienced Director of Human Resources (HR) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 789 salaries. A Director of Human Resources (HR) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 383 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,339

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Directors of Human Resources will find that Oakland offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Directors of Human Resources can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), New York (+25 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Washington (10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Director of Human Resources (HR) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Human Resources (HR)?

Director of Human Resources (HR) in Kaufman:
"Life as the Director of Human Recourese."
Pros: Being able to take care of the gentlemen working for us in the field. Flexibility of being about to work from home from time to time, the casual dress code and the people I work with daily. Our birthday celebrations and our vacation policy.
Cons: The inconsistencies from the upper management, the lack of planning on managements part and expecting me to jump threw hoops. The fact that significant rules are broken and I feel like my hands are tied as I am being told by upper management to roll with it. The long hours I spend here daily while missing out on my children. My pay scale, and I have been asking for a year for an assistant to help me and I can get my boss to approve the position.

Director of Human Resources (HR) in Nixa:
Pros: Strategic planning, training, helping people, solving problems.
Cons: Discipline, benefits administration.

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Key Stats for Director of Human Resources (HR)

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
31%
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Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Director of Human Resources (HR) Salaries

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$100,000

▼15%

▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 10%
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