Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salary

With slightly more than half of Senior Human Resources Generalists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $49K to $89K per year and averages out to $65K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Human Resources Generalists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $89K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Senior Human Resources Generalists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Senior Human Resources Generalists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,899 - $86,373
$50K
$66K
$86K
MEDIAN: $65,684
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50%
90%

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$17.53 - $35.47
$18
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $24.88
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$0$88K
Salary $49,899 - $86,373
Bonus $501 - $10,005
Profit Sharing $400.00 - $7,326
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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$49,330 - $88,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,462
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $17.53 - $35.47
Overtime $21.45 - $47.20
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $501 - $10,005
Profit Sharing $400.00 - $7,326
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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$49,330 - $88,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129

Job Description for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist

The role of human resources is one that many people will have encountered in just about any job, but there are multiple facets of a human resources department that help it run smoothly. Arguably, one of the most important roles in the department is the human resources generalist. The generalists try to maintain a steady flow of information and help between all workers, from the top to the bottom. This position primarily exists so that the role of human resources can fulfill its purpose as an efficiency regulator and interpersonal management resource.

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Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Tasks

  • Acts as liaison between employee and management to answer questions or concerns regarding company policies, practices and regulations.
  • Collect and analyze human resources data, and make recommendations for changes to management.
  • Design and execute human resources policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate human resources generalists and guide all recruiting and employee relations processes.
  • Administer employee compensation, training and benefit programs.

Common Career Paths for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


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Senior Human Resources Generalists may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Human Resources, where median compensation is $138K annually. Going from Senior Human Resources Generalist to Human Resources Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Human Resources Managers is $59K. Many others choose to work as Human Resources Directors, where pay is typically $80K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Performance Management, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Benefits & Compensation tend to be well versed in Benefits Administration and Recruiting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist

Pay by Experience for a Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 361 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 779 salaries. An experienced Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 819 salaries. A Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 219 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,238

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

For Senior Human Resources Generalists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Human Resources Generalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Irvine (+10 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist?

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Corona:
"Great Career."
Pros: I feel like a make a real difference in people's lives.
Cons: Our CEO can be a bit of a micro-manager.

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Easley:
"Work Environment."
Pros: I am most grateful for my supervisor and co-workers. We are all very like-minded and they make it an enjoyable place to work.
Cons: I am not sure what the future holds for this company, and it is starting to struggle financially.

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Chicago:
Pros: I love the people with which I work and I feel like I make an impact on the entire company.
Cons:

Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist in Atlanta:
Pros: Working with employees daily, my department.
Cons: Not as strategically involved, senior management doesn't invite HR to the table.

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Key Stats for Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$66,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 8%