Human Resources Specialist Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for human resources specialists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of human resources specialists among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Human Resources Specialists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,070
25th Percentile Wage
$52,520
50th Percentile Wage
$69,180
75th Percentile Wage
$91,770
90th Percentile Wage
$118,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for human resources specialists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $118,320. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $69,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,070.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of human resources specialists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$69,180
1.62% 6.74%
2016
$68,060
0.87% -
2015
$67,470
3.35% -
2014
$65,210
2.21% -
2013
$63,770
-1.18% -
2012
$64,520
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Human Resources Specialists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of human resources specialists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of human resources specialists in state of California ranges from $47,600 to $86,250. The highest paying area for human resources specialists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $86,250. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $81,070). The lowest paying area is Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $47,600.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$86,250
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$81,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$76,740
Napa
$76,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$74,260
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$72,570
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$71,150
Hanford-Corcoran
$69,100
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$68,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$67,220
Merced
$66,640
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$65,580
Stockton
$63,660
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$63,610
Salinas
$63,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$63,320
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$62,290
Vallejo-Fairfield
$62,110
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$62,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$61,410
Madera-Chowchilla
$60,770
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$60,520
Bakersfield-Delano
$60,480
Fresno
$59,770
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$58,920
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$58,750
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$58,300
El Centro
$58,040
Redding
$56,240
Visalia-Porterville
$56,150
Modesto
$55,940
Yuba City
$55,860
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$52,230
Chico
$49,020
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,600




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