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Benchmarking Series: HR Generalist in the Charlotte Metro Area

Katie Trippe | 09/15/2021

Benchmarked Position for September 2021

We wanted to start out our benchmarking series with a position that we feel is highly important to our audience and where we have seen some changes in recent months. Many companies are looking to fill HR positions as professionals move around in the industry.

The HR Generalist will work under the direction of an HR Manager or HR Director and will likely not have direct managerial responsibilities in their role. They will be the main point of contact and responsible person for programs like benefits, compensation, compliance, training and retention. Some may also have responsibilities in recruiting, OSHA training management, payroll and employee engagement but this will depend on the size of the team. As we look at the breadth of possible responsibilities in this position, we also see a wide range in the compensation for this role. We often see smaller organizations that will target hiring an HR Generalist that will be the only HR representative for the organization. With that said there is also a large pay difference between small organizations and large organizations. HR Generalist’s who are a HR department of 1 tend to be on the upper end of the compensation range. 

Pay range in the Charlotte Metro Region: $40,000-80,000 base salary

Bonus: 5-15% of annual salary

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree Predominately required

Certifications: 25% require a HR Professional Certification like PHR or SPHR, for most it is a nice to have

If you are looking to move into a role as a HR Generalist here are a few areas of experience that you need to have to help you advance into that position. HR compliance including worker’s comp investigations and filings, FMLA administration and EEOC compliance because this will likely be one of your core responsibilities. Employee relations experience is key because the HR Generalist is often the first point of contact for employees outside of their direct supervisor. Benefits administration experience will also go a long way to advancing your career.

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