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Human Resources Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of human resources workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of human resources workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of human resources workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The human resources workers 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 Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,110
25th Percentile Wage
$44,050
50th Percentile Wage
$59,440
75th Percentile Wage
$79,360
90th Percentile Wage
$102,820

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for human resources workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) human resources workers is $102,820. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,110. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 210% 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 workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,4401.80%6.46%
201558,3701.76%-
201457,3401.73%-
201356,3501.33%-
201255,600--

Table 2. Human Resources Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of human resources workers 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 workers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $74,750. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $39,230).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$74,750
Information
$74,040
Mining
$67,460
Finance and Insurance
$67,250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$64,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,280
Manufacturing
$61,890
Wholesale Trade
$60,690
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$59,910
Construction
$59,900
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,840
Educational Services
$57,110
Retail Trade
$56,250
Accommodation and Food Services
$53,650
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$52,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,710
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,800
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$39,230


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