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Highest Paying Industries for Human Resources Specialists

The top 100 highest paying industries for human resources specialists (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 specialists. It is followed by aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry (average annual salary $79,720). 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 specialists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Human Resources Specialists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$126,150
30
2 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$79,720
2,490
3 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$79,540
25,170
4 Pipeline Transportation
$79,430
80
5 Software Publishers
$78,880
2,370
6 Federal government, including USPS
$78,760
26,090
7 Oil and Gas Extraction
$78,610
1,070
8 Other Information Services
$77,530
1,680
9 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$77,300
1,690
10 Other General Merchandise Stores
$76,100
770
11 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$75,010
640
12 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$74,930
680
13 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$74,830
830
14 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$74,720
1,190
15 Natural Gas Distribution
$73,940
480
16 Sound Recording Industries
$73,460
40
17 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$73,260
1,800
18 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$72,930
3,670
19 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$72,360
4,870
20 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$72,170
4,100
21 Information
$71,880
12,900
22 Telecommunications
$71,760
4,090
23 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$71,730
1,590
24 Other Financial Investment Activities
$71,680
1,740
25 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$71,460
430
26 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$71,400
40
27 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$70,870
3,310
28 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$70,780
2,500
29 Utilities
$70,650
1,770
30 Scientific Research and Development Services
$70,520
3,660
31 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$70,160
70
32 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$70,030
1,210
33 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$69,840
120
34 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$69,620
350
35 Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$69,240
n/a
36 Metal Ore Mining
$68,880
160
37 Legal Services
$68,660
2,800
38 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$68,240
490
39 Other Telecommunications
$68,000
380
40 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$67,890
2,030
41 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$67,720
340
42 Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
$67,670
30
43 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$67,470
340
44 Rail Transportation
$66,960
380
45 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$66,830
1,930
46 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$66,820
850
47 Television Broadcasting
$66,390
420
48 Mining
$66,370
2,640
49 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$66,300
420
50 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$65,930
1,280
51 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$65,550
2,640
52 Testing Laboratories
$65,520
490
53 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$65,500
40
54 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$65,420
100
55 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$65,250
110
56 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$65,210
6,070
57 Insurance Carriers
$65,130
6,390
58 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$64,820
160
59 Finance and Insurance
$64,780
24,270
60 Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$64,670
1,200
61 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$64,360
500
62 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$64,350
15,390
63 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$64,250
1,300
64 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$64,190
1,180
65 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$64,150
4,940
66 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$64,090
1,980
67 Coal Mining
$64,030
170
68 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$63,860
1,140
69 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$63,730
810
70 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$63,700
9,820
71 Postal Service (federal government)
$63,660
920
72 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$63,600
370
73 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$63,580
1,980
74 Footwear Manufacturing
$63,550
60
75 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$63,520
6,090
76 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$63,380
170
77 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$63,350
410
78 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,310
55,060
79 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$63,300
910
80 Engineering Services
$63,220
4,890
81 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$63,110
2,830
82 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$62,920
90
83 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$62,890
350
84 Residential Building Construction
$62,870
610
85 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$62,750
780
86 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$62,750
100
87 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$62,730
120
88 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$62,590
10,150
89 Chemical Manufacturing
$62,540
3,220
90 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$62,530
670
91 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$62,360
1,980
92 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$62,330
210
93 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,230
34,080
94 Couriers and Express Delivery Services
$62,190
640
95 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$62,170
60,750
96 Federal, State, and Local Government
$62,170
60,750
97 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$62,170
530
98 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$61,810
120
99 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$61,730
1,130
100 General Merchandise Stores
$61,660
4,710
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