Salary Scoop: Human Resources Assistant

Employees are a company’s most important asset, which explains the importance of having a dedicated human resources (HR) department to help the organization manage them. Have you considered working in HR? Learn more about what it's like to be a human resources assistant, including key duties and compensation levels.

An important member on the HR team, the HR assistant’s job description may include screening calls, scheduling interviews, researching the Internet to help locate potential candidates and being a point person for employee requests related to personnel records.

It’s a critical role requiring a candidate who has strong computer knowledge and understands the significance of sustaining and safeguarding employee data files.

Salary Range

According to the OfficeTeam 2014 Salary Guide, the annual salary range for HR assistants is $30,250 – $40,250, which is up 3.7% from last year.

Human Resources Assistant Job Description

A human resources assistant is typically responsible for the administration of day-to-day operations in the HR department, including but not limited to the following:

  • Access and update/maintain employee information in company human resource information system
  • Upload job postings on online boards
  • Process internal employee records requests and questions
  • Verify I-9 and ensure completion of other HR-related documentation
  • Handle onboarding responsibilities (e.g. orientations and new hire packages)
  • Assist with the recruitment and interview process
  • Perform basic office functions, such as scanning, faxing, filing and data entry

Must-Have Skills

Among the qualifications that organizations look for in an HR assistant:

  • Professional manner for the confidentiality and privacy of personnel data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Good attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and schedule projects based on priorities
  • Proficient in office word processing and spreadsheet software

Our Salary Scoop blog is a recurring feature that focuses on an administrative position to provide valuable insight into the job. For other administrative professional descriptions and compensation information, refer to the OfficeTeam 2014 Salary Guide or previous Salary Scoops.

If you’re interested in becoming a human resources assistant, access job openings in your area on the OfficeTeam website.

Are you a human resources assistant who has input to share with others who are thinking of this profession? What additional skills and knowledge do you bring to the position?

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