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Highest Paying States for Human Resources Specialists

The highest paying states 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 of human resources specialists in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $91,940, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for human resources specialists. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $70,240). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of human resources specialists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Human Resources Specialists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$91,940
$51,190 7,070
2 Maryland
$70,240
$41,860 11,130
3 New York
$68,280
$42,480 31,580
4 New Jersey
$68,140
$43,360 14,550
5 California
$68,060
$40,160 56,950
6 Virginia
$67,730
$38,680 19,670
7 Massachusetts
$65,060
$41,060 14,680
8 Rhode Island
$64,130
$42,060 1,790
9 Alaska
$63,850
$43,040 1,050
10 Colorado
$63,620
$36,650 10,840
11 Connecticut
$63,190
$39,630 5,780
12 Washington
$62,010
$39,800 14,640
13 Pennsylvania
$61,110
$37,330 22,520
14 Texas
$58,940
$33,880 47,780
15 Minnesota
$58,220
$36,050 12,450
16 Hawaii
$58,090
$36,510 1,610
17 Delaware
$57,560
$36,830 2,250
18 Michigan
$56,740
$34,330 14,160
19 North Carolina
$56,110
$34,870 15,460
20 Illinois
$55,590
$32,870 21,030
21 Oregon
$55,360
$34,410 6,370
22 Ohio
$55,300
$33,000 19,750
23 New Hampshire
$55,060
$33,770 2,360
24 Utah
$54,990
$33,280 4,780
25 Kansas
$54,940
$33,400 4,960
26 New Mexico
$54,920
$32,750 2,540
27 Missouri
$54,810
$34,300 9,620
28 Alabama
$54,550
$32,980 5,310
29 Vermont
$54,530
$29,880 1,080
30 North Dakota
$54,030
$35,740 1,310
31 Georgia
$54,010
$31,240 17,580
32 Wisconsin
$54,010
$34,240 11,450
33 Nebraska
$53,900
$34,700 4,170
34 West Virginia
$53,890
$31,000 1,760
35 Nevada
$53,440
$34,480 3,220
36 Idaho
$52,900
$31,790 1,620
37 Maine
$51,990
$36,190 1,610
38 Arizona
$51,750
$32,830 9,880
39 Kentucky
$51,140
$30,420 6,430
40 Florida
$51,130
$32,520 32,220
41 South Carolina
$50,740
$30,730 6,150
42 Iowa
$50,560
$30,910 4,550
43 Louisiana
$50,270
$30,710 3,590
44 Wyoming
$50,080
$35,250 720
45 Tennessee
$49,930
$29,390 10,300
46 Indiana
$49,340
$29,740 11,370
47 South Dakota
$48,850
$35,810 1,020
48 Oklahoma
$48,720
$31,720 5,270
49 Arkansas
$48,530
$29,360 2,890
50 Virgin Islands
$47,780
$34,410 70
51 Guam
$47,620
$29,110 200
52 Montana
$47,300
$33,060 1,370
53 Mississippi
$45,740
$28,420 2,540
54 Puerto Rico
$31,080
$19,730 2,610
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