Where Does HR Receive the Highest Salary?


In the age of job-hopping, data reveals that it is actually advantageous for HR professionals to move around regularly to ensure that they are receiving competitive compensation. Considering a new job? If relocation is an option, you can now take into account the average HR salary of different regions.

Data from Namely’s HR Careers Report reveals the best and worst areas if you’re looking to make a salary jump. Below, we reveal the highest and lowest paying states for HR roles in the United States.

Highest Salary States

Across Namely's database of over 1,000 companies, the average HR salary is $98,048. Connecticut, Washington DC, and California came out above the fold. Considering that these jurisdictions have some of the most intricate employment legislation in the country, this is not entirely surprising. From "ban the box" laws in Connecticut to the $15 minimum wage in California, HR professionals in these states are faced with a full plate of compliance hurdles in addition to their daily duties. If you’re up to the challenge, these states offer ample compensation for the job at hand.

Lowest Salary States

On the flipside, states with a notably lower cost of living pay their HR employees on the lower end of the curve. However, as the value of HR becomes increasingly recognized, these states will likely follow suit. Until then, it comes as no surprise that these states—among the lowest-paying across industries according to the BLS—trend below average on the salary front.

Major U.S. Cities

A lower state average may not be representative of the cities in each state. In fact, New York’s average salary is only a mere $127 behind Connecticut. Here’s how the major cities stack up:

With New York City and San Francisco in the lead, it is clear that these metropolises are putting a high premium on HR talent. While these cities do have a higher cost of living, local HR professionals are at the forefront of managing HR in new industries, like high-growth startups. As these landscapes put an increasing value on HR, these cities may be the perfect spot to launch the next stage of your HR career.

While salary is only one part of the picture, it’s an important factor to keep in mind as you plan for future career development

Topics: HR, Career Path, HR Data

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