HR AdministratorJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

A job as an HR Administrator can be high stress, very fast-paced, and difficult. HR administrators will need to be able to multitask, explain things in layman’s terms, and be exceptionally organized. HR Administrators help manage and prepare different HR documents, help employees with issues that arise, facilitate employee onboarding and training, and help with payroll. As they are the first point of contact between employees and the HR department, they will handle employee contracts, recruiting, and interviewing for the company. HR administrators should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent time management skills, and a passion for the company they work for.

Sample job description #1

ABC Company is partnering with a global broker that provides specialist insurance, reinsurance, and capital markets advisory services to assist them in bringing on an HR Administrator. This is a direct hire opportunity, offering a competitive salary and fantastic benefits.

Essential Responsibilities:

HR Administration, HR Information System (HRIS), Metrics and Reporting

  • Act as a go-to HR professional for day-to-day employee questions, as well as respond to employees in a timely and accurate manner ensuring complete follow-through
  • Assist with annual and off-cycle compensation, bonus, and promotion processes
  • Work with other HR team members to ensure annual HR checklist is completed
  • Update HR reports on a monthly basis to provide accurate metrics to the business
  • Create ad hoc reports and manipulate data, as needed, in an accurate and concise manner
  • Prepare and submit annual EEO-1 report

Benefits Administration

  • Answer day-to-day questions regarding benefits plans; refer employees to Benefit Resource Center for claims resolution issues or escalate to other HR team members, as needed
  • Assist with leaves of absence tracking, including disability plan coordination
  • Review discrepancy reports from medical carrier when issues arise between HRIS and medical carrier record keeping systems
  • Reconciliation benefit carrier invoices on a monthly basis

Recruiting and Onboarding

  • Perform initial phone screens and in-person interviews, as requested
  • Assist in preparation of offer letters, agreements, and all other relevant new hire paperwork
  • Onboard new employees in a welcoming way, ensuring they receive timely and accurate instruction needed regarding their employment and benefits options

Project Work

  • Participate in various projects in order to gain exposure to different areas within HR
  • Complete project work in a timely and accurate manner, and provide clear communication on project status to project leader(s)

Required Education, Experience and Skills:

  • 4-year degree from accredited college or university or a combination of some advanced education/training along with equivalent years of experience in Human Resources
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a Human Resources role in a professional environment
  • Strong attention to detail with excellent follow up and follow through skills
  • Advanced proficiency of Microsoft Office suite of products, including Teams
  • Ability to see big picture, yet has the ability work in a detailed and thorough manner

Sample job description #2

The primary purpose of this position is to provide process and transactional support for HR systems & processes, including support for all users through the resolution of cases (using Service Now technology), chat and phone support. This position is expected to be a first point of contact with handling all support calls routing to the People Operations team, and other tasks as required to resolve first level support requests.

This role will be responsible for assisting with a large volume of data entry and review related to team member business processes, including hires, terminations, salary adjustments, and other confidential items. This position will also monitor various HR inboxes and respond or escalate to the appropriate team, including COE, HR Strategic Partners, or Leadership

Essential duties and responsibilities

Support – 100%

  • Receives and provides basic navigation support for routine correspondence following established procedures (such as address changes, application support, background check corrections, and employee self-service support)
  • Review and update of key business processes and general master data components
  • Collaboration with the People Operations team to achieve faster support service level agreements that ensure department key performance indicators are met



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred


  • 2+ years relevant customer support role and past data entry experience

Computer skills:

  • Intermediate computer skills including generating simple letters, spreadsheets, and/or graphics for personal business use or creating simple queries and simply formatted data output
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power point
  • Understanding of HR systems and processes is a plus

Communication skills:

  • Ability to interact with and communicate to a broad range of end users providing excellent support
  • Requires excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Bilingual preferred

Special skills:

  • Must possess excellent customer service, basic analytical and trouble-shooting skills, planning, and organizational skills
  • Must be detail-oriented and work well in a team environment.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to multitask when applicable
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly as it relates to working effectively with others and building successful relationships throughout the organization
  • Excellent judgement and proven ability to analyze issues quickly & take appropriate action under limited time constraints
  • Perseveres to locate necessary data quickly to support customer resolution; Consistently delivers high-quality, timely work, resulting in highly satisfied customers
  • Passion for learning
  • Familiarity with SAP/HR and Workday highly valued
  • Team player

Sample job description #3

ABC Company is looking for a Human Resources Assistant to assist with administration with the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources functions and duties. In addition to providing clerical support to the HR department and employees regarding human resources related activities, policies, processes, and procedures, the Human Resources Assistant will be in charge of a number of different personnel related administrative tasks. This opening is based in the (City, State) area and is a short-term contract/temporary opportunity.

Key responsibilities

  • Explore the internet to locate potential customers
  • Oversee office and administrative tasks
  • Partake in planning new employee orientation meetings
  • Update employee database information


  • Approachable and appropriate interacting with staff at all levels in a rapidly changing environment
  • Proven knowledge of Human Resources (HR) Administration
  • Deep understanding of Employee Timesheets
  • Onboarding experience preferred
  • Computer Files experience
  • Spanish Language experience desired
  • Data entry experience required
  • Accomplished in office applications and software, as well as Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Desire to thrive in scenarios of team-based work or independent tasks, always looking to learn more and take initiative on a number of different projects and tasks
  • Excellent verbal, written, and social communication skills
  • Experience handling confidential business matters and information with discretion

If you are a self-starter who is passionate about supporting a dynamic and growing company, we would love to hear from you! Contact us now – this position is available and will be staffed by the end of the week!

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a HR administrator is $66,200 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$65,850$89,050
Los Angeles, California$74,250$100,500
Denver, Colorado$61,900$83,750
Washington, DC$75,400$102,000
Miami, Florida$61,600$83,350
Orlando, Florida$56,850$76,900
Tampa, Florida$57,400$77,650
Atlanta, Georgia$60,200$81,450
Chicago, Illinois$69,200$93,650
Boston, Massachusetts$74,850$101,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$59,650$80,700
New York City, New York$78,800$106,600
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$64,150$86,800
Dallas, Texas$62,450$84,500
Houston, Texas$61,900$83,750
Seattle, Washington$72,050$97,450
National Average$56,250$76,150

Sample interview questions

  • What interests you about human resources?
  • How do you handle confidential information?
  • How have you used creativity in an HR position?
  • Which area of HR do you enjoy working in the most?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you go about finding the right person for a position?
  • How would you organize a team-building event for a diverse group of people?
  • How would you resolve a dispute with your team?
  • What are the most common mistakes HR administrators make, and how would you avoid them?
  • What leadership techniques do you use? 
  • Can you describe your most important accomplishment?
  • Do you prefer working alone or in groups?
  • What is the most important thing you are looking for in a job?
  • What are some things you particularly liked about your last job?
  • What was the most difficult decision you made in the last six months?
  • How would you get your team to accept your ideas or departmental goals?

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