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Highest Paying Industries for Human Resources Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for human resources workers (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 $126,150, pipeline transportation of crude oil is the highest paying industry for human resources workers. It is followed by pipeline transportation industry (average annual salary $80,530). 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 workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Human Resources Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$126,150
30
2 Pipeline Transportation
$80,530
90
3 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$80,070
2,630
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$79,480
25,210
5 Oil and Gas Extraction
$79,200
1,090
6 Software Publishers
$79,180
2,400
7 Federal government, including USPS
$78,760
26,470
8 Other Information Services
$77,430
1,690
9 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$77,360
1,690
10 Natural Gas Distribution
$76,830
540
11 Other General Merchandise Stores
$76,240
780
12 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$75,700
600
13 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$75,010
640
14 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$74,930
680
15 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$74,820
1,200
16 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$74,810
840
17 Sound Recording Industries
$73,460
40
18 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$73,410
1,840
19 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$73,010
3,730
20 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$72,800
50
21 Telecommunications
$72,470
4,400
22 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$72,460
4,970
23 Utilities
$72,300
2,060
24 Information
$72,140
13,300
25 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$72,090
4,180
26 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$72,000
2,800
27 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$71,850
1,640
28 Other Financial Investment Activities
$71,460
1,810
29 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$71,260
1,440
30 Postal Service (federal government)
$71,200
1,270
31 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$71,020
3,490
32 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$70,500
130
33 Scientific Research and Development Services
$70,440
3,860
34 Rail Transportation
$70,360
540
35 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$70,160
70
36 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$69,790
360
37 Legal Services
$68,750
2,830
38 Metal Ore Mining
$68,680
160
39 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$68,340
490
40 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$68,260
350
41 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$68,190
2,100
42 Other Telecommunications
$68,010
380
43 Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
$67,670
30
44 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$67,020
860
45 Mining
$66,840
2,690
46 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$66,830
1,930
47 Testing Laboratories
$66,670
500
48 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$66,450
440
49 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$66,430
6,500
50 Television Broadcasting
$66,390
420
51 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$66,210
1,300
52 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$65,930
2,710
53 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$65,880
n/a
54 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$65,850
110
55 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$65,500
40
56 Insurance Carriers
$65,240
6,720
57 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$65,130
370
58 Finance and Insurance
$65,130
25,340
59 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$65,090
100
60 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$64,980
160
61 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$64,940
1,240
62 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$64,530
1,200
63 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$64,430
500
64 Coal Mining
$64,390
170
65 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$64,370
4,990
66 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$64,350
15,510
67 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$64,270
1,190
68 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$64,170
1,320
69 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$64,120
120
70 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$64,020
10,460
71 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$63,990
2,180
72 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$63,870
1,990
73 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$63,750
930
74 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$63,740
180
75 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$63,710
6,210
76 Footwear Manufacturing
$63,550
60
77 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$63,540
380
78 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,440
55,990
79 Engineering Services
$63,300
4,990
80 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$63,210
800
81 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$63,190
280
82 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$63,140
10,470
83 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$63,120
2,840
84 Residential Building Construction
$62,950
620
85 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$62,890
n/a
86 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$62,780
n/a
87 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$62,730
240
88 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$62,730
120
89 Chemical Manufacturing
$62,620
3,260
90 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$62,530
670
91 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,490
35,730
92 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$62,480
1,990
93 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$62,240
63,460
94 Federal, State, and Local Government
$62,240
63,460
95 Construction of Buildings
$62,160
2,300
96 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$62,100
540
97 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$62,060
3,750
98 Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$61,890
280
99 Nonresidential Building Construction
$61,890
1,680
100 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$61,840
120