Salary Range for a Recruiter

When you join as a recruiter in USA, starting salary may be around $20,000 per year and as you get experience in recruitment field, you can get salary around $60,000 per year. Based on your experience, you may be promoted as a recruitment manager (managing few recruiters) or as a recruitment head (managing all recruiters/recruitment managers) and so on. Based on your experience and talent, your salary will proportionately increase beyond $60,000. With some companies the salary is a combination of base salary + variable salary.

USA: Approximate Range: $20,000 to $60,000 + benefits + incentives per year

As a recruiter, you will get salary and benefits like joining bonus, vacation, holidays, workers compensation, relocation expenses, leave encashment, Health/Vision/Dental/ Life Insurance, 401k, Education Benefits, retirement plans etc.

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For recruiters, incentives are based on the number of closures (No of candidates hired) and margin (profit amount for each candidate). Each company has their own individual policy and we highlight some of the market incentive standards.

  • For each corp to corp closure, get a flat (250$ to 1000$) amount regardless of the number of the days that candidate has worked with the client. For tough requirements incentive amount may be more also.
  • For each corp to corp closure, the recruiter gets an incentive amount based on the gross margin amount (refer this link). For each $ of gross margin, they will be getting, 10% to 20% as incentive.
  • If the company has fixed some target, and able to do more closures than target, then incentive may be proportionately increasing, or may get some rewards and bonus.
  • For full time, usually get a flat amount or on percentage basis.
  • There may be a possibility to obtain both the recruiter incentive and sales incentive.
  • For referring candidates, they get incentives, which are usually called as REFERRAL bonus.
  • For hiring new H1b or H1b transfer, they get incentives.($500 to $1000)
  • For some business development leads, they get incentives.

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