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Highest Paying Industries for Human Resources Managers

The top 100 highest paying industries for human resources managers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $153,550, other information services is the highest paying industry for human resources managers. It is followed by securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage industry (average annual salary $151,060). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of human resources managers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Human Resources Managers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Other Information Services
$153,550
460
2 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$151,060
680
3 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$142,150
1,300
4 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$139,420
160
5 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$138,840
110
6 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$138,830
40
7 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$137,490
1,870
8 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$134,830
330
9 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$134,780
130
10 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$134,630
90
11 Federal government, including USPS
$134,030
2,040
12 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$133,230
270
13 Other Financial Investment Activities
$133,030
600
14 Scientific Research and Development Services
$131,090
1,640
15 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$130,910
1,550
16 Software Publishers
$130,590
800
17 Information
$127,890
3,650
18 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$127,780
70
19 Water Transportation
$126,450
50
20 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$125,790
30
21 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$125,480
1,310
22 Television Broadcasting
$125,260
80
23 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$125,090
480
24 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$124,590
50
25 Pipeline Transportation
$124,200
40
26 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$123,730
670
27 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$122,750
1,080
28 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$122,490
2,510
29 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$122,360
700
30 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$121,860
790
31 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$121,590
110
32 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$121,480
80
33 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$120,800
540
34 Other General Merchandise Stores
$120,780
200
35 Support Activities for Mining
$120,300
150
36 Telecommunications
$119,990
1,010
37 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$119,920
3,470
38 Natural Gas Distribution
$119,890
140
39 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$119,450
680
40 Residential Building Construction
$119,400
70
41 Oil and Gas Extraction
$118,730
390
42 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$118,670
70
43 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$118,550
920
44 Direct Selling Establishments
$118,390
30
45 Finance and Insurance
$118,130
7,330
46 Amusement Parks and Arcades
$117,300
110
47 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$117,190
510
48 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$116,990
220
49 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$116,740
13,900
50 Building Equipment Contractors
$116,600
160
51 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$116,440
710
52 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$116,340
220
53 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$116,330
2,020
54 Mining
$116,280
640
55 Insurance Carriers
$116,200
2,210
56 Legal Services
$115,990
1,050
57 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$115,520
18,200
58 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$115,010
140
59 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$114,960
930
60 Utilities
$114,940
580
61 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$114,610
3,140
62 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$114,070
280
63 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$114,020
420
64 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$113,980
2,820
65 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$113,680
980
66 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$113,480
3,050
67 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$113,420
150
68 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$113,310
660
69 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$113,280
230
70 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$112,930
50
71 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$112,710
520
72 Rail Transportation
$112,710
350
73 Other Telecommunications
$112,560
80
74 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$112,380
80
75 Depository Credit Intermediation
$112,370
1,970
76 Metal Ore Mining
$112,070
50
77 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$111,570
200
78 Specialty Trade Contractors
$111,320
200
79 Scheduled Air Transportation
$111,150
310
80 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$111,130
310
81 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$111,050
260
82 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$110,700
160
83 Other Personal Services
$110,610
40
84 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$110,450
930
85 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$110,330
420
86 Air Transportation
$110,240
320
87 General Merchandise Stores
$110,020
360
88 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$109,690
180
89 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$109,680
80
90 Couriers and Express Delivery Services
$109,330
380
91 Nonstore Retailers
$109,040
350
92 Newspaper Publishers
$108,930
140
93 Chemical Manufacturing
$108,580
1,650
94 Couriers and Messengers
$108,490
390
95 Apparel Manufacturing
$108,460
60
96 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$108,300
270
97 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$107,970
310
98 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$107,890
730
99 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$107,840
70
100 Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing
$107,550
90
See also: Highest paying cities for human resources managers.