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Starting salary (or hourly) for a recent grad after 9 months of interning being converted to a FTE as an HR Coordinator? (PDX)

I just graduated college with a double major in Business Management & HR. I have been interning at my company for 9 months and will be converting to a FTE as an HR Coordinator. What should I ask for as a starting salary/hour wage. Also, what is the different between an HR Coordinator and HR Generalist? How many years of experience until one typically transitions to a generalist? #human-resources #business #tech #recentgrad

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Tamara’s Answer

Hello! How exciting you have been interning and may be converting to a full-time Employee.  Salary can be tough to estimate as it can depend on the compensation philosophy of a company as well as your location/industry.  For example, some organizations use RSU grants as part of there Total Realizable Compensation packages, so salary may be lower since there is upside in RSU's.  My advice would be to consider an entire salary package including benefits or RSU's before accepting or negotiating an offer.  All that said, a general range for an entry level coordinator role would be 35,000 - 45,000.

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Vikram’s Answer

Salaries depend on a lot of factors and other benefits too. Based on your description per hour rate could be anywhere between $35 to $45 per hour. HR generalists are typically with 3 to 5 years of experience but it depends more on the quality of work that you do and what you have learnt in the initial years. Good luck in your career journey.

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Michele’s Answer

There are number of online resources that you can use to do compensation research. I would start by looking at these sites. Do not use a single source to set your expectations. Look at several sites and be sure to filter on your city whenever possible.

Check out this article , it lists several sites that can help you in your research.

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Vadi’s Answer

Hi,

Salary depends on lot of factors like the company, your job level, experience, educational background etc., Based on inputs from your questions, it could range anywhere between $30/hr to $50 hr . Best wishes. You can check on sites like https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/index.htm . Note I am not marketing any specific sites though..

Interms of transition period from HR Co-ordinator to HR-Generalist, typically you should gain atleast 3 to 4 years of expereince before transitioning . More strong foundation you have upfront in your career chart, it would help you in the long run. This is based on my personal experience. All the best !

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Deborah’s Answer

First off, congratulations on being offered a FTE position! In general, starting salary would depend on on variables such as your geographic location (is the cost of living high/low?) and experience/skillset (this of course is not taking into consideration what an employer's actual budget is for the role). For Portland, the average pay rate for an entry level HR Coordinator role would probably be somewhere in the $18-$24/hr range. Another variable in your starting pay is your level of expertise/experience. Do you bring a lot of value to the role you're being offered? If so, then you should push for the higher rate of pay, but be sure to frame your skills as added value for your employer. If you're looking to eventually move into an HR Generalist role, you would need to gain experience in multiple disciplines within HR. Becoming knowledgeable in areas such as: Employee Relations/Mgmt, Benefits, Learning & Development, Compensation, Employment Law, HCM, & HR Strategy could take anywhere between 3-5 years.

Deborah recommends the following next steps:

Determine if an HR Coordinator role is right for you. As a recent university grad and having completed an internship , take some time to think about the skillset you've built to make sure you're not being underutilized as an HR Coordinator.
Build a general idea of what you'd like your career trajectory to look like. If that includes transitioning into an HR Gen. role, research the the disciplines within HR and work on refining your skills in each area to deepen your knowledge and experience. You'll be a stronger candidate when you decide to move up in your career.
Set yourself up for success by creating small goals that are achievable. Also, be sure to stay involved with local HR practitioners (or even on the web, HRCI) for insight and career development opportunities. Best of luck!
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