Updated August 22, 2022

Average Recruiter Salary

$51,374yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$24.70 hourly

Entry level Salary
$35,000 yearly
$35,000
10 %
$51,374
Median
$74,000
90 %

How much does a Recruiter make?

Recruiters make $51,374 per year on average, or $24.7 per hour, in the United States. Recruiters on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $74,000.

Location impacts how much a recruiter can expect to make. Recruiters make the most in Massachusetts, California, Washington, New Jersey, and New York.

Highest Paying States For Recruiters

The darker areas on the map show where recruiters earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Recruiter average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$63,943$30.74496
2Rhode Island$62,038$29.8372
3Massachusetts$66,136$31.80502
4District of Columbia$65,792$31.63147
5New York$62,624$30.11766
6Oregon$59,266$28.49334
7California$65,166$31.331,676
8Alaska$60,762$29.2147
9New Jersey$63,659$30.61364
10Vermont$55,344$26.6143
11Delaware$55,855$26.8568
12New Hampshire$54,015$25.9795
13Nevada$51,500$24.76118
14Colorado$55,585$26.72317
15Connecticut$58,433$28.09142
16Virginia$57,312$27.55409
17Arizona$50,398$24.23346
18Maine$56,653$27.2444
19Pennsylvania$52,709$25.34505
20Texas$50,487$24.271,052
21Utah$48,979$23.55169
22Maryland$55,799$26.83261
23Idaho$49,118$23.6185
24Wyoming$44,884$21.5836
25Illinois$48,504$23.32605
26Minnesota$48,018$23.09307
27New Mexico$50,344$24.2075
28North Carolina$47,638$22.90427
29Georgia$46,426$22.32434
30West Virginia$46,177$22.2044
31Michigan$45,699$21.97312
32North Dakota$42,741$20.5555
33Ohio$45,125$21.69414
34Louisiana$46,030$22.13128
35Oklahoma$46,289$22.2593
36Nebraska$42,814$20.58130
37Montana$44,621$21.4558
38Kansas$44,760$21.52127
39Hawaii$42,888$20.6246
40Wisconsin$44,227$21.26221
41Missouri$45,374$21.81208
42Alabama$44,907$21.59132
43Tennessee$41,765$20.08265
44Florida$43,823$21.07677
45Kentucky$41,894$20.14152
46Arkansas$41,613$20.0196
47South Dakota$36,965$17.7751
48Iowa$41,507$19.96145
49South Carolina$42,101$20.24137
50Mississippi$40,451$19.4573
51Indiana$40,575$19.51215

Highest Paying Cities For Recruiters

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Richmond, CA$71,994$34.61
2Boston, MA$66,273$31.86
3Washington, DC$65,815$31.64
4Seattle, WA$64,601$31.06
5Hoboken, NJ$64,011$30.77
6Albany, NY$63,134$30.35
7Albany, OR$59,741$28.72
8Portland, ME$57,078$27.44
9Richmond, VA$57,041$27.42
10Baltimore, MD$56,159$27.00
11Colorado Springs, CO$55,801$26.83
12Philadelphia, PA$53,191$25.57
13San Antonio, TX$50,772$24.41
14Las Vegas, NV$50,748$24.40
15Phoenix, AZ$50,535$24.30

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Richmond, CA
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Hoboken, NJ

Recruiter Salary Details

Average Recruiter Salary Graph
Average Recruiter Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Recruiter's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$74,000$6,167$36
75th Percentile$62,000$5,167$30
Average$51,374$4,281$25
25th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20
10th Percentile$35,000$2,917$17

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Staffing Consultant$40,837$3,403$19.6341,815
Talent Acquisition Consultant$69,315$5,776$33.3244,216
Employment Coordinator$40,810$3,401$19.6236,231
Human Resources Coordinator$44,074$3,673$21.1953,322
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager$78,339$6,528$37.6675,365
Recruiting Coordinator$45,459$3,788$21.8656,602

Which Companies Pay Recruiters The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Meta and Microsoft are the highest paying companies for recruiters.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Meta$108,128$51.986
2Microsoft$102,519$49.29
3Google$95,669$45.99
4Northern Trust$93,236$44.831
5Silicon Valley Bank$92,308$44.38
6Western Digital$91,245$43.871
7Pandora$90,348$43.443
8Apple$88,396$42.50
9JPMorgan Chase & Co.$87,695$42.1619
10Applied Materials$85,981$41.348
11Amazon$83,763$40.2723
12Pinterest$83,711$40.25
13MongoDB$83,453$40.12
14Bain & Company$83,357$40.088
15Activision Blizzard$82,698$39.766
16ZeniMax Media$82,556$39.69
17Citi$82,274$39.558
18Amphenol$82,117$39.48
19Nokia$82,042$39.44
20Koppers$81,746$39.301

How Much Do Recruiters Make In Different Industries?

Recruiter salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the technology, finance, and manufacturing industries tend to offer much higher salaries for recruiters. For example, recruiters make a whopping average salary of $62,293 while working in the technology industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $61,853 in the finance industry and $57,335 in the manufacturing industry.

Recruiters may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $50,826.

Highest Paying Industries For Recruiters

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$62,293$29.95
2Finance$61,853$29.74
3Manufacturing$57,335$27.56
4Health Care$54,814$26.35
5Government$54,231$26.07
6Professional$51,652$24.83
7Retail$50,826$24.44

High Paying Recruiter Jobs

Recruiter Salary Trends

The salary for a recruiter can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Recruiter Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Recruiter Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$51,400$24.70+2.5%
    2021$50,100$24.09+1.7%
    2020$49,300$23.68+0.9%
    2019$48,800$23.48+1.9%
    2018$47,900$23.02+1.4%

    Recently Added Recruiter Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    JubileeRecruiter (Bilingual Spanish)Kensington, MD07/26/2022$60,000
    GradfuelGraduate Recruitment Consultant (Storm 4)Dallas, TX07/26/2022$80,000
    Otter ProductsRecruiterFort Collins, CO07/26/2022$61,191
    NRDCRecruiterNew York, NY07/26/2022$90,000
    Remote In Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaTalent Acquisition RecruiterLawrenceburg, IN07/26/2022$48,000
    Sarasota County GovernmentInternal RecruiterSarasota, FL07/26/2022$56,000
    Cascade ManagementTalent Acquisition SpecialistTigard, OR07/26/2022$43,827
    Afni, Inc.Talent Acquisition SpecialistTucson, AZ07/25/2022$45,000
    Staff Today Inc. (STI)RecruiterCovina, CA07/25/2022$41,740
    Elite StaffingRecruiter On SiteLemont, IL07/25/2022$43,000

    Recruiter Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Recruiters the most?

    Massachusetts pays Recruiters the most in the United States, with an average salary of $66,136 per year, or $31.80 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Recruiter?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Recruiter if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $65,792 per year.

    What type of Recruiter gets paid the most?

    Senior Technical Recruiter gets paid the most. Senior Technical Recruiter made a median salary of $88,314. The best-paid 10 percent make $106,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $73,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Recruiter?

    A good starting salary for a recruiter is $37,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a recruiter in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for recruiters is $54,028, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a recruiter can vary by state.

    Do recruiters get paid a salary?

    Yes, recruiters get paid a salary, in general. This almost always applies to internal recruiters who are exclusively recruiting for the company they work for.

    However, there are independent recruiters who are third-party external recruiters working for staffing agencies or are self-employed. External recruiters typically receive a recruitment fee or placement fee.

    Do recruiters make good money?

    Yes, recruiters make good money. The pay model varies whether you are working as an internal recruiter or as an external recruiter. The average salary for a corporate recruiter in the US is $52,000. Executive recruiters earn the most, with a base salary of $93,045.

    What is the base salary for a recruiter?

    The base salary for a recruiter ranges between $51,342 and $64,891 annually. The title "recruiter" can apply to different types of positions. Companies may employ internal recruiters in their human resource departments, and they may be paid hourly or by salary.

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