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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Human Resources Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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 $104,720. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,110. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 207% 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 workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.87% 8.21%
1.80% -
1.76% -
1.73% -
1.33% -
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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 $75,930. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $38,450).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Federal, State, and Local Government
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Retail Trade
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting


💰 Highest paying industries for human resources workers.