Human Resources Specialist Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for human resources specialists in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of human resources specialists amongst Washington cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Human Resources Specialists in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,800
25th Percentile Wage
$48,990
50th Percentile Wage
$62,010
75th Percentile Wage
$80,980
90th Percentile Wage
$105,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for human resources specialists in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $105,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $62,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,800.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.14
25th Percentile Wage
$23.56
50th Percentile Wage
$29.81
75th Percentile Wage
$38.94
90th Percentile Wage
$50.85

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for human resources specialists in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $50.85. The median hourly salary is $29.81. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.14.

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
201662,0101.03%0.58%
201561,370-1.01%-
201461,9900.06%-
201361,9500.48%-
201261,650--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Human Resources Specialists in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of human resources specialists in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of human resources specialists in state of Washington ranges from $50,300 to $70,650. The highest paying area for human resources specialists in Washington is Kennewick-Pasco-Richland with a median annual salary of $70,650. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett (mean annual salary $66,920). The lowest paying area is Mount Vernon-Anacortes with a median annual salary of $50,300.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$70,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$66,920
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$65,680
Bremerton-Silverdale
$63,340
Longview
$58,140
Tacoma
$58,110
Olympia
$58,020
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$57,900
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$55,580
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$55,070
Bellingham
$52,990
Yakima
$52,920
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$52,600
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$52,540
Spokane
$52,480
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$51,260
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$50,300


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