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Human Resources Specialist Salary Information

The salary statistics of human resources specialists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of human resources specialists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The human resources specialists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Human Resources Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,770
25th Percentile Wage
$44,620
50th Percentile Wage
$59,180
75th Percentile Wage
$78,460
90th Percentile Wage
$101,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for human resources specialists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) human resources specialists is $101,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,770. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of human resources specialists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,1801.40%5.71%
201558,3501.59%-
201457,4201.38%-
201356,6301.47%-
201255,800--

Table 2. Human Resources Specialist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of human resources specialists in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for human resources specialists occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $73,800. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $50,580).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$73,800
Utilities
$72,670
Mining
$67,230
Finance and Insurance
$66,660
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,850
Federal, State, and Local Government
$64,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$63,500
Manufacturing
$61,660
Wholesale Trade
$60,700
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$59,860
Construction
$59,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,340
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$59,330
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,800
Educational Services
$56,600
Retail Trade
$56,000
Accommodation and Food Services
$53,860
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$51,930
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,670
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,580

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Human Resources Specialists by States

From the above tables we note that not only human resources specialists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of human resources specialists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $31,080 to $91,940. The highest paying state for human resources specialists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $91,940. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $31,080. For more salary information of human resources specialists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$91,940
Maryland
$70,240
New York
$68,280
New Jersey
$68,140
California
$68,060
Virginia
$67,730
Massachusetts
$65,060
Rhode Island
$64,130
Alaska
$63,850
Colorado
$63,620
Connecticut
$63,190
Washington
$62,010
Pennsylvania
$61,110
Texas
$58,940
Minnesota
$58,220
Hawaii
$58,090
Delaware
$57,560
Michigan
$56,740
North Carolina
$56,110
Illinois
$55,590
Oregon
$55,360
Ohio
$55,300
New Hampshire
$55,060
Utah
$54,990
Kansas
$54,940
New Mexico
$54,920
Missouri
$54,810
Alabama
$54,550
Vermont
$54,530
North Dakota
$54,030
Georgia
$54,010
Wisconsin
$54,010
Nebraska
$53,900
West Virginia
$53,890
Nevada
$53,440
Idaho
$52,900
Maine
$51,990
Arizona
$51,750
Kentucky
$51,140
Florida
$51,130
South Carolina
$50,740
Iowa
$50,560
Louisiana
$50,270
Wyoming
$50,080
Tennessee
$49,930
Indiana
$49,340
South Dakota
$48,850
Oklahoma
$48,720
Arkansas
$48,530
Virgin Islands
$47,780
Guam
$47,620
Montana
$47,300
Mississippi
$45,740
Puerto Rico
$31,080


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