Can you tell me the average cost of hiring an employee?

I am looking for the average cost of hiring an employee in order to show my field the risk of turnover or incorrect hires.

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While the cost of hiring an employee (or replacing a lost employee) can vary, there are some decent studies that indicate a general range. For example, The Society of Human Resource Management indicates that a cost per hire range for a single employee can be as much as $4,129 and this includes recruitment as well as training expenses. ( However, the cost to replace an employee may be higher, ranging from 50% to 150% of an annual salary for the departing entry level to mid-level employee due to lost productivity, to as much as 400% of the annual salary for a specialist or executive level employee. ( A bad hire can be much more costly because it poses a risk to the business, as well as potential long-term legal fees.

Apart from the regular cost incurred in the hiring process, there is an opportunity cost of the person who is leaving or left the organization. Roughly, I would think taking into the consideration of the investment by the company in developing the existing staff, the tacit knowledge of the staff and their CTC, the retraining cost of the new hire, new hire cost could be 10 times more costly than the resigning staff.


depends on the type of Employee that you are going to hire. If you want to hires someone who is going to work for you as a part time that simply means less pay. But if you want to hire an important role. Lets for example assume you are hiring a manager so that means you are hiring someone for a great job so you need to pay him better and the cost simply is up but remember dont put it too high to make him feel that he is needed and he cant be replaced. All depends on the turnover he is going to produce and give you.
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