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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Human Resources Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,810
25th Percentile Wage
$45,900
50th Percentile Wage
$60,350
75th Percentile Wage
$79,860
90th Percentile Wage
$103,570

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 $103,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,810. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 189% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of human resources specialists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,350
1.94% 7.54%
2016
$59,180
1.40% -
2015
$58,350
1.59% -
2014
$57,420
1.38% -
2013
$56,630
1.47% -
2012
$55,800
- -

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 $75,120. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $51,340).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$75,120
Utilities
$74,070
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,090
Finance and Insurance
$67,930
Mining
$66,730
Federal, State, and Local Government
$66,230
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,500
Manufacturing
$62,260
Wholesale Trade
$61,550
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$60,610
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$60,480
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$60,350
Construction
$59,300
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,590
Educational Services
$57,620
Retail Trade
$56,970
Accommodation and Food Services
$55,040
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$53,490
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$53,410
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,340

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 $31,400 to $93,010. The highest paying state for human resources specialists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $93,010. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $31,400. 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
$93,010
Virginia
$70,840
Maryland
$70,210
New Jersey
$69,300
California
$69,180
New York
$68,030
Rhode Island
$67,440
Alaska
$66,990
Massachusetts
$66,460
Colorado
$64,190
Connecticut
$64,150
Washington
$63,150
Pennsylvania
$61,620
Hawaii
$61,350
Texas
$61,010
Minnesota
$59,960
Delaware
$59,460
North Carolina
$57,850
Oregon
$57,810
Michigan
$57,390
New Hampshire
$57,140
Kansas
$57,010
Illinois
$56,910
Missouri
$56,530
Ohio
$56,460
Alabama
$56,410
New Mexico
$56,180
Wisconsin
$55,940
North Dakota
$55,900
Nevada
$55,770
Nebraska
$55,540
Maine
$55,170
West Virginia
$55,020
Georgia
$54,980
Vermont
$54,910
Arizona
$54,330
Idaho
$53,200
Virgin Islands
$53,160
Kentucky
$52,980
Florida
$52,900
Iowa
$52,460
Indiana
$51,640
South Carolina
$51,580
Wyoming
$51,400
Tennessee
$51,200
Utah
$51,060
Arkansas
$50,870
Louisiana
$50,220
Oklahoma
$50,210
South Dakota
$49,960
Montana
$49,450
Guam
$48,530
Mississippi
$46,480
Puerto Rico
$31,400



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