Average Entry-Level Recruiter Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Recruiter is $40,423.
MEDIAN $40,423
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$31k - $55k
$199 - $10k
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$196 - $6k
$1k - $15k
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$29k - $55k

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Job Description for Recruiter

Recruiter Tasks
  • Evaluate candidates' strengths compared with clients' requirements, and recommend the best candidates to clients after a detailed screening and skill assessment.
  • Stay current on trends, emerging technologies and new and hard to find skill sets.
  • Network extensively to find potential candidates and clients.
  • Source through internal candidate database as well as professional associations, referrals, and other networking resources.
  • Negotiate wage rates and other terms and conditions of employment with candidates.
The top respondents for the job title Recruiter are from the companies Insight Global, Inc., Aerotek and TEKsystems, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Aerotek where the average pay is $49,044. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Kelly Services, Inc. and Kforce Professional Staffing, earning around $45,500 and $45,476, respectively. TEKsystems, Inc pays the lowest at around $34,984. Insight Global, Inc. and ManpowerGroup also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $35,164 and $41,271, respectively.

Career Paths

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Senior Recruiter
Human Resources (HR) Generalist
Human Resources (HR) Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Recruiter

Skills in Recruiting, Full-Cycle Recruiting and Sourcing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Recruiter

An early career Recruiter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $47,981 based on 5,975 salaries. A mid-career Recruiter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,116 based on 2,274 salaries. An experienced Recruiter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,200 based on 1,150 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $63,757.
Employees with Recruiter in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 20.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (14.1% more) and New York, New York (13.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (2.4% less).

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