Average Salary of Recruitment Consultants

by Rick Suttle
Recruitment consultants usually earn more as they gain experience and hone their recruiting skills.

Recruitment consultants usually earn more as they gain experience and hone their recruiting skills.

Corporations and executive search firms rely on recruitment consultants to match job candidates for available jobs. Those recruiting for their own firms meet with managers to determine their hiring needs, place ads for job candidates and help human resource departments monitor the hiring process. Recruitment consultants who work for executive search firms match job candidates according to their clients' needs, assist job applicants with resumes and interviewing techniques, and schedule interviews with hiring managers. If you want to be a recruitment consultant, expect to earn an average salary of over $60,000 annually.

Salary and Qualifications

Recruitment consultants earned average annual salaries of $65,000 as of 2013, according to the job website Simply Hired. To become a recruitment specialist, you will need at least a bachelor's degree in human resources or business, and three or more years in recruiting and sales. Some employers prefer hiring consultants with master's degrees in human resources or business. Other essential requirements include a close attention to detail and organizational, communication, decision-making and negotiating skills.

Average Salary by Region

In 2013, salaries for recruitment consultants varied withing the four U.S. regions. In the Northeast region, they earned the lowest average salary of $59,000 in Maine and the highest of $79,000 in Massachusetts, according to Simply Hired. Those in the Midwest made an average of between $51,000 and $70,000 per year, respectively, in South Dakota and Minnesota. If you worked in the West region, you would earn the lowest average salary of $52,000 in Montana or the highest of $74,000 in California or Alaska. Moreover, you would make an average of $51,000 or $103,000, respectively, in Mississippi or the District of Columbia, which represented the lowest and highest salaries in the South.

Contributing Factors

Recruitment consultants, as many professionals, usually earn more as they gain experience. If you work for an executive search firm, you may earn commissions and bonuses. With a significant amount of experience, you are more likely to earn more because your client base is larger. Moreover, you may also facilitate the hiring process more quickly, earning more than most novices. In this field, you may also earn more in certain industries. For example, in 2012, human resources specialists -- with similar responsibilities as recruitment consultants -- earned $83,490 and $80,410, respectively, with sound recording manufacturers and the federal government, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average annual salary for human resources specialists was $60,660.

Job Outlook

There should be an ample number of job opportunities in the next decade for a recruitment consultant. The BLS projects a 55-percent increase in jobs for those in the employment services industry between 2010 and 2020. This rate of growth is nearly four times as fast as the average growth-rate for all occupations -- 14 percent. More job opportunities will come available as the economy continues improving. Companies will also need to replace workers because more people leave jobs for better ones in healthy economies.

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