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Human Resources Managers

Other names for this job might include Apprenticeship Training Representative, Benefit Director, Benefits Manager, Commissioner of Conciliation, Compensation Manager, Director of Employee Development, Director of Employer Services, Director of Human Resources, Director of Industrial Relations, Director of Personnel

  • $120210
  • 75%
    Job satisfaction
  • Quite Hard
    Becoming one
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    Job growth
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How Much Do Human Resources Managers Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Human Resources Managers make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Human Resources Manager will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$120210 per year

Hourly wage
$57.79 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Human Resources Managers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Human Resources Managers is $120210. Their salary can also be as low as $63140 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $193550 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $57.79 and can range from $30.35 to $93.05 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Human Resources Manager will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Human Resources Managers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of A.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$93.05$193550
Senior (Top 25%)$69.82$145220
Middle (Mid 50%)$51.40$106910
Junior (Bottom 25%)$38.85$80800
No experience (Bottom 10%)$30.35$63140

Entry-level Human Resources Managers who starts out at $80800 can expect to make $106910 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $30.35 per hour while the top 10% makes over $93.05 per hour.

While the median wage is $106910 per annum or $51.40 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Other Information Services79.93166250
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage78.42163110
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities75.15156310
Motion Picture and Video Industries74153910
Cable and Other Subscription Programming72.27150330
Other Financial Investment Activities71.34148390
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries71.04147760
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation70.44146520
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing68.64142770
Broadcasting (except Internet)68.31142090
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities68.13141700
Water Transportation67.71140840
Software Publishers67.65140720
Scientific Research and Development Services67.52140450
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences67.49140380
Oil and Gas Extraction67.47140330
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank66.03137350
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing65.86137000
Publishing Industries (except Internet)65.72136700
Wired Telecommunications Carriers64.91135010
Nondepository Credit Intermediation64.83134850
Television Broadcasting64.68134540
Direct Selling Establishments64.66134490
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)64.6134380
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing64.15133440
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing64.15133430
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing64.13133380
Pipeline Transportation63.96133040
Finance and Insurance63.51132110
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors63.5132090
Health and Personal Care Stores63.48132030
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing63.4131870
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers63.25131560
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services63.11131270
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing63.01131060
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers62.66130320
Radio and Television Broadcasting62.57130150
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers62.01128980
Management of Companies and Enterprises61.89128730
Computer Systems Design and Related Services61.82128580
Insurance Carriers61.71128350
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events61.54128000
Communications Equipment Manufacturing61.46127830
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services61.28127470
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages61.19127270
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities61.08127050
Support Activities for Mining60.93126730
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services60.87126610
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services60.87126600
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities60.76126390
Federal Executive Branch60.66126180
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries60.53125910
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing60.48125800
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers60.41125650
Amusement Parks and Arcades60.23125280
Legal Services60.21125240
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services59.95124690
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction59.9124600
Federal government, including the US Postal Service59.85124480
Depository Credit Intermediation59.84124460
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing59.7124180
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services59.68124120
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities59.59123940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned59.57123910
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation59.57123900
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing59.56123880
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing59.49123730
Hardware Manufacturing59.42123600
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers59.17123070
Apparel Manufacturing59.1122930
Educational Support Services, Local government owned59.1122930
Natural Gas Distribution58.96122630
Building Equipment Contractors58.88122460
Other Personal Services58.84122380
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution58.74122170
Residential Building Construction58.28121220
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers57.93120500
Clothing Stores57.8120230
Chemical Manufacturing57.69119990
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation57.61119830
Other Insurance Related Activities57.57119740
Nonstore Retailers57.37119340
Other Telecommunications57.34119270
Scheduled Air Transportation57.09118750
Waste Treatment and Disposal56.83118200
Other General Merchandise Stores56.7117940
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses56.69117920
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores56.64117820
Air Transportation56.62117770
Spectator Sports56.57117660
Rail Transportation56.56117650
All industries, private ownership only56.18116850
Specialty Trade Contractors56.11116710
Newspaper Publishers56.09116670
Construction of Buildings56.04116560
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations55.94116360
Miscellaneous Manufacturing55.92116320
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations55.86116180
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers55.84116150
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing55.48115390
Travel Agencies55.45115340
Employment Services55.41115240
Engineering Services55.39115210
Nonresidential Building Construction55.39115200
Testing Laboratories55.25114910
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing55.22114860
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers55.19114800
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods55.15114720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services55114410
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing54.99114370
Waste Collection54.92114230
All industries54.88114140
Waste Management and Remediation Services54.76113910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned54.59113550
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing54.58113520
Wholesale Trade54.52113400
Support Activities for Air Transportation54.52113400
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions54.45113260
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing54.45113250
Couriers and Express Delivery Services54.39113130
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing54.36113070
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers54.36113070
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned54.14112600
Lessors of Real Estate54.04112390
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers54.01112340
Hospitals, Privately owned54112320
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing53.95112220
Grantmaking and Giving Services53.88112080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)53.86112030
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors53.85112010
Couriers and Messengers53.81111930
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing53.53111340
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods53.52111320
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned53.5111280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)53.5111280
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services53.35110980
Administrative and Support Services53.33110930
Metal Ore Mining53.27110810
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)53.11110470
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)53.06110350
General Merchandise Stores53.02110270
Office Administrative Services52.92110080
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing52.87109960
Machinery Manufacturing52.81109850
Freight Transportation Arrangement52.8109820
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)52.76109740
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction52.69109590
Rental and Leasing Services52.67109550
Security Systems Services52.66109540
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills52.65109510
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing52.62109450
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing52.6109400
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)52.49109180
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing52.47109130
Basic Chemical Manufacturing52.41109010
Support Activities for Transportation52.39108970
Beverage Manufacturing52.3108780
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing52.19108550
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services52.07108300
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing51.98108130
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations51.96108070
Personal and Laundry Services51.91107970
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers51.81107760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)51.68107500
Transportation and Warehousing51.66107460
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories51.65107430
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)51.62107380
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing51.61107340
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned51.52107160
Hospitals, State government owned51.46107040
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing51.46107030
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers51.43106970
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing51.27106640
Educational Services, Privately owned51.27106630
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers51.26106610
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing51.14106380
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing51.11106310
Social Advocacy Organizations51.03106150
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation50.91105890
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned50.84105750
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction50.72105510
Retail Trade50.71105480
Educational Support Services, Privately owned50.69105440
Postal Service (federal government)50.65105350
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing50.65105350
Specialized Freight Trucking50.47104980
Paper Manufacturing50.45104950
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing50.37104770
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing50.31104640
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing50.29104600
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing50.19104400
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned50.18104370
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned50.15104310
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services50.13104280
Coal Mining50.11104230
Real Estate50.01104020
Other Food Manufacturing49.9103790
Utility System Construction49.87103740
Educational Services, Local government owned49.86103710
Mining (except Oil and Gas)49.84103660
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)49.81103600
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing49.56103090
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers49.53103030
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned49.43102810
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers49.42102800
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing49.35102640
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)49.17102280
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers49.03101990
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services48.98101870
Textile Mills48.83101570
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance48.79101490
Household Appliance Manufacturing48.73101360
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing48.62101120
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing48.59101070
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing48.57101030
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing48.54100970
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers48.42100720
Junior colleges, Local government owned48.41100690
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing48.38100630
Department Stores48.31100480
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel48.17100180
Activities Related to Real Estate48.13100110
Primary Metal Manufacturing48.08100010
Hospitals, Local government owned47.9899810
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service47.9699750
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores47.9399690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned47.9399690
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing47.5898960
Educational Services, State government owned47.5598910
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing47.5498870
Truck Transportation47.4898760
Local government, including schools and hospitals47.4498680
Casino Hotels47.4398650
Federal, State, and Local Government47.4198620
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service47.4198620
Pharmacies and Drug Stores47.3798540
Textile Product Mills47.3798520
Other Support Services47.3598490
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers47.2998350
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers47.2898340
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers47.2498270
Textile Furnishings Mills47.2498250
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing47.2298230
Electronics and Appliance Stores46.9797700
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction46.8797490
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing46.8397400
General Freight Trucking46.5996910
Building Material and Supplies Dealers46.5996900
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals46.4396580
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)46.4396570
Dairy Product Manufacturing46.3396360
Warehousing and Storage46.195890
Junior colleges, Privately owned46.0595780
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing46.0495760
Traveler Accommodation46.0195700
Business Support Services45.9695610
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers45.9495550
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries45.9495550
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers45.8895440
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing45.8695390
Printing and Related Support Activities45.7995240
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing45.7795200
Offices of Physicians45.7195070
Food Manufacturing45.6594960
Outpatient Care Centers45.6694960
Plastics Product Manufacturing45.6594940
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers45.5794780
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging45.4994610
Miscellaneous Store Retailers45.4194460
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)45.4194450
Accommodation and Food Services45.3394280
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing45.2594120
Ambulatory Health Care Services45.1693930
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing45.1593910
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services44.9793540
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing44.8893350
Furniture Stores44.6892920
Food and Beverage Stores44.6492840
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing44.5992740
Forging and Stamping44.5692670
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing44.5392620
Repair and Maintenance44.4792500
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services44.4492430
Offices of Other Health Practitioners44.4392420
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing44.4192370
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned44.3992320
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing44.3692260
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)44.1991910
Ship and Boat Building44.1191750
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries44.191730
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing43.9691430
Rubber Product Manufacturing43.991320
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing43.891100
State government, including schools and hospitals43.7791040
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance43.5890650
Grain and Oilseed Milling43.5290530
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned43.4890430
Telephone Call Centers43.3990260
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers43.3490140
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing43.1589760
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)43.0489530
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation42.9889390
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)42.7288850
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned42.6888770
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists42.688600
Automobile Dealers42.488200
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers42.2987970
Restaurants and Other Eating Places42.1887740
Machine Shops42.1887730
Animal Slaughtering and Processing42.1287620
Gambling Industries42.0987540
Animal Food Manufacturing42.0687490
Special Food Services41.9887310
Food Services and Drinking Places41.9687270
Performing Arts Companies41.7386790
Home Health Care Services41.7186750
Child Day Care Services41.2685810
Grocery Stores41.0185300
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing40.9485150
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing40.985070
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)40.8384920
Wood Product Manufacturing40.6484540
Other Residential Care Facilities40.4484110
Junior colleges, State government owned40.4184050
Civic and Social Organizations40.2783750
Services to Buildings and Dwellings40.2183630
Facilities Support Services40.0883360
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing39.8782930
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly39.6582460
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals39.5682280
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers39.4982130
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities39.4682070
Landscaping Services39.2881700
Social Assistance39.2881700
Other Wood Product Manufacturing39.2581640
Vocational Rehabilitation Services38.4980070
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned38.4780030
Individual and Family Services38.4179890
Offices of Dentists38.3179680
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities37.7978600
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers37.3277620
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities37.1877330
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned37.0677080
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)37.0277000
Ambulance Services36.9976940
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities36.7276370
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities36.3575610
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores35.9974860
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities35.9974860
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores35.6374120
Sporting Goods Stores35.3873590
Full-Service Restaurants33.8270340

Not all industries pay the same for Human Resources Managers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Human Resources Manager is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at NJ may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Human Resources Managers are in the states of NJ, DC, RI, NY and DE. The average salary in NJ is $150400.

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