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Human Resources Assistants

Other names for this job might include Administrative Assistant, Agent-Contract Clerk, Assignment Clerk, Benefits Administrator, Benefits Clerk, Benefits Coordinator, Civil Service Clerk, Civil Service Worker, Compensation and Benefits Technician, Employment Assistant

  • $40100
  • 73%
    Job satisfaction
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How Much Do HR Assistants Make In 2018

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

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

Average salary

Annual salary
$40100 per year

Hourly wage
$19.280 per hour

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

According to BLS, the average annual salary of HR Assistants is $40100. Their salary can also be as low as $25860 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $56440 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $19.280 and can range from $12.430 to $27.130 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A HR Assistant 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 HR Assistants make with other careers, they have a salary rank of C.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$27.130$56440
Senior (Top 25%)$22.860$47560
Middle (Mid 50%)$18.760$39020
Junior (Bottom 25%)$15.480$32190
No experience (Bottom 10%)$12.430$25860

Entry-level HR Assistants who starts out at $32190 can expect to make $39020 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $12.430 per hour while the top 10% makes over $27.130 per hour.

While the median wage is $39020 per annum or $18.760 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
Metal Ore Mining25.7653570
Wired Telecommunications Carriers24.1950310
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing23.8949700
Natural Gas Distribution23.5849040
Communications Equipment Manufacturing23.3948650
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations23.2348320
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing23.1648170
Rail Transportation22.6547110
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing22.647010
Junior colleges, Privately owned22.5246850
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers22.5246840
Veterinary Services22.4346650
Specialty hospitals, State government owned22.3246420
Software Publishers22.1145980
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage22.0145790
Shoe Stores21.9745690
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing21.8945520
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing21.8645470
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing21.7745290
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing21.7545240
Legal Services21.745140
Offices of Dentists21.6845100
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing21.6645050
Other Specialty Trade Contractors21.6545030
Depository Credit Intermediation21.6244980
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing21.5944910
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors21.5844890
Mining (except Oil and Gas)21.5744870
Scheduled Air Transportation21.4244550
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers21.444500
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)21.3744450
Oil and Gas Extraction21.3644420
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences21.2544210
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing21.2544190
Other Information Services21.2444170
Other Building Equipment Contractors21.2244130
Support Activities for Water Transportation21.2144120
Publishing Industries (except Internet)21.244090
Scientific Research and Development Services21.1944080
Urban Transit Systems21.143890
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing21.0543780
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services21.0543780
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned21.0243720
Home Furnishings Stores21.0143700
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing2143680
Air Transportation20.9943660
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)20.9843650
Testing Laboratories20.9743620
Federal Executive Branch20.9743620
Federal government, including the US Postal Service20.9743620
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing20.9643600
Building Equipment Contractors20.9243500
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities20.9143480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution20.8943440
Engineering Services20.8843430
Specialty Trade Contractors20.8543370
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills20.8543370
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing20.8443340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services20.7943240
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities20.7843220
Freight Transportation Arrangement20.7143080
Chemical Manufacturing20.743050
Federal, State, and Local Government20.642850
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service20.642850
Television Broadcasting20.642840
Hospitals, State government owned20.5542740
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing20.5342710
Lessors of Real Estate20.5442710
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities20.4942610
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing20.4842590
Roofing Contractors20.4742570
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers20.4542540
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals20.4242480
Cable and Other Subscription Programming20.3842390
Building Finishing Contractors20.3742370
Broadcasting (except Internet)20.3742370
Radio and Television Broadcasting20.3642350
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing20.3542330
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores20.3342290
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing20.342220
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing20.2842170
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing20.2642150
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors20.2542130
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing20.2642130
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction20.2342080
Other Financial Investment Activities20.2342080
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers20.2242060
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors20.1541910
Automobile Dealers20.1241860
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service20.1341860
Apparel Manufacturing20.0941790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals20.0841770
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills20.0741740
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores20.0541700
Computer Systems Design and Related Services20.0441690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services20.0341660
Beverage Manufacturing2041600
Basic Chemical Manufacturing19.9941570
State government, including schools and hospitals19.9741530
Finance and Insurance19.9541490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers19.9341460
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing19.9341450
Taxi and Limousine Service19.941390
Other Personal Services19.8941370
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities19.8841350
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors19.8741330
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing19.8741330
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers19.8441270
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing19.8341250
Grantmaking and Giving Services19.8341240
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel19.8241230
Paper Manufacturing19.8141210
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing19.7741130
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing19.7841130
Activities Related to Real Estate19.7741110
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned19.7641110
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing19.7341050
Utility System Construction19.7341040
Machinery Manufacturing19.7241020
Direct Selling Establishments19.7241020
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing19.6940950
Real Estate19.6640890
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers19.6640880
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers19.6240820
Dairy Product Manufacturing19.6140780
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers19.640770
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries19.640770
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)19.640770
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers19.5940740
Motion Picture and Video Industries19.5640690
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services19.5640690
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing19.5640680
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing19.5640680
Drywall and Insulation Contractors19.5540670
Support Activities for Transportation19.5540660
Nonresidential Building Construction19.5140590
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing19.5140590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)19.5140580
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers19.4940540
Local government, including schools and hospitals19.4740510
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing19.4740500
Other Food Manufacturing19.4440430
Health and Personal Care Stores19.4440430
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services19.4240390
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction19.4240380
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing19.4240380
Construction of Buildings19.4140370
Specialized Freight Trucking19.4140370
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing19.440360
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing19.3740300
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned19.3640280
Transportation and Warehousing19.3540250
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods19.3540240
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing19.3440220
Ship and Boat Building19.3140160
Pharmacies and Drug Stores19.340150
Sawmills and Wood Preservation19.2940120
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores19.2840100
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services19.2740090
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)19.2740070
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing19.2640060
Educational Services, Privately owned19.2640060
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing19.2540050
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction19.2440020
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing19.2440020
Warehousing and Storage19.2340010
Clothing Stores19.2340000
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation19.2239970
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers19.2139960
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned19.2139960
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing19.239950
Wholesale Trade19.239930
Coal Mining19.1839890
Nondepository Credit Intermediation19.1739870
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing19.1739860
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing19.1539840
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)19.1539840
Educational Services, Local government owned19.1539840
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing19.1539830
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)19.1539820
Miscellaneous Manufacturing19.1439810
Residential Building Construction19.1239770
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers19.1239760
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing19.0939710
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods19.0939710
Educational Services, State government owned19.0739660
Insurance Carriers19.0639650
Offices of Optometrists19.0539630
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers19.0139540
Nonscheduled Air Transportation19.0139540
Other Telecommunications1939530
Textile Mills18.9939500
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers18.9839480
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation18.9839470
Plastics Product Manufacturing18.9639440
Primary Metal Manufacturing18.9639440
Fabric Mills18.9639430
Machine Shops18.9439390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned18.9339380
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing18.9339360
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing18.9239350
Wood Product Manufacturing18.9139330
Social Advocacy Organizations18.8939300
Waste Treatment and Disposal18.8739240
Truck Transportation18.8539210
Electronics and Appliance Stores18.8539200
Waste Management and Remediation Services18.8439180
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities18.8339170
Junior colleges, Local government owned18.8239140
Management of Companies and Enterprises18.8139130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services18.8139120
Rubber Product Manufacturing18.7839070
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying18.7839060
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing18.7739050
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores18.7639010
Couriers and Messengers18.7539000
All industries18.7438980
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing18.7338960
General Freight Trucking18.7238940
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing18.738890
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned18.6538790
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing18.6438780
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned18.6438770
Other Wood Product Manufacturing18.6238730
Newspaper Publishers18.6238730
Security Systems Services18.6238730
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging18.6238720
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing18.5938670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned18.5638610
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)18.5638590
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions18.5538590
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers18.5538580
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)18.5438560
Couriers and Express Delivery Services18.5138500
Religious Organizations18.5138500
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing18.538490
Forging and Stamping18.538480
Hospitals, Privately owned18.538480
Household Appliance Manufacturing18.4638400
Support Activities for Air Transportation18.4638390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)18.4538380
Printing and Related Support Activities18.4438350
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores18.4438350
Investigation and Security Services18.4238310
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing18.4138300
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services18.438270
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations18.3938250
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction18.3538170
All industries, private ownership only18.3338120
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned18.3338120
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)18.3338120
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services18.3238100
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services18.3138080
Ambulance Services18.2938040
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing18.2838030
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers18.2838010
Grain and Oilseed Milling18.2738000
Other Insurance Related Activities18.2637980
Educational Support Services, Privately owned18.2537960
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities18.2437940
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages18.2237900
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers18.2237890
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation18.2137880
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers18.1737800
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned18.1637770
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)18.137650
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation18.0937620
Civic and Social Organizations18.0837610
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing18.0637570
Travel Agencies17.9837390
Offices of Other Health Practitioners17.9737380
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing17.9537340
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers17.9537340
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers17.9237270
Spectator Sports17.937230
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists17.8737160
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers17.8337090
Support Activities for Mining17.7937000
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations17.7836990
Food Manufacturing17.7736960
Office Administrative Services17.7636950
Offices of Physicians17.7536910
Other Textile Product Mills17.7436900
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing17.7336880
Specialty Food Stores17.7136830
School and Employee Bus Transportation17.736820
Outpatient Care Centers17.6836780
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors17.6736750
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance17.6436690
Other Support Services17.6436680
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills17.6236650
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers17.6236650
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services17.6136630
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)17.5836560
Building Material and Supplies Dealers17.5736550
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories17.5136420
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.4936380
Hospitals, Local government owned17.4636320
Ambulatory Health Care Services17.4336260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned17.4336260
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)17.4136210
Special Food Services17.3436070
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing17.3236020
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services17.3236020
Administrative and Support Services17.3136000
Junior colleges, State government owned17.3136000
Employment Services17.335990
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services17.2635890
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned17.2335850
Nonstore Retailers17.2135800
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners17.1935750
Facilities Support Services17.1735720
Rental and Leasing Services17.1735710
Exterminating and Pest Control Services17.0935550
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned17.0835520
Furniture Stores1735360
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly16.9935330
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores16.9635270
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing16.9535260
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses16.9535250
Animal Food Manufacturing16.9435240
Miscellaneous Store Retailers16.9135180
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers16.935140
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries16.8835100
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores16.8335000
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities16.8234970
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)16.7934920
Textile Product Mills16.7634850
Repair and Maintenance16.7434810
Other General Merchandise Stores16.7234790
Traveler Accommodation16.7234780
Sporting Goods Stores16.7134750
Food and Beverage Stores16.734740
Grocery Stores16.6734680
Child Day Care Services16.634520
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation16.5634450
Accommodation and Food Services16.5634440
Other Residential Care Facilities16.5234360
Personal and Laundry Services16.5134340
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries16.4934290
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers16.4334180
Gambling Industries16.4334180
Telephone Call Centers16.4134130
Landscaping Services16.3534020
Food Services and Drinking Places16.3233950
Business Support Services16.3133930
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures16.3133920
Social Assistance16.2933880
Textile Furnishings Mills16.2733850
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries16.2733840
Vocational Rehabilitation Services16.2633810
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry16.2433770
Home Health Care Services16.2333770
Retail Trade16.2233730
Individual and Family Services16.1933680
Support Activities for Crop Production16.1733640
Services to Buildings and Dwellings16.0833450
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events16.0733420
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers1633280
Support Activities for Road Transportation15.9433150
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities15.9433150
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities15.6632570
General Merchandise Stores15.6532560
Animal Slaughtering and Processing15.632450
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing15.5432330
Amusement Parks and Arcades15.4832200
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities15.4832190
Restaurants and Other Eating Places15.4432110
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting15.4332090
Casino Hotels15.2331680
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities15.1331460
Full-Service Restaurants14.9731150
Performing Arts Companies14.9231030
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned14.9131010
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)14.8830960
Department Stores14.6730510
Personal Care Services14.0129140

Not all industries pay the same for Human Resources Assistants.

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 HR Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful HR Assistants are in the states of DC, AK, MA, CA and CT. The average salary in DC is $52110.

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