How Much Do Human Resources Managers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Human Resources Managers

Human Resources Managers plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$134580 per year
Hourly wage
$65 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$71,180 to $91,730 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$34 to $44 per hour

Entry-level Human Resources Managers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $71,180 to $91,730 per year or $34 to $44 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Human Resources Managers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $78 $162,720
Middle (Mid 50%) $58 $121,220
Junior (Bottom 25%) $44 $91,730
No experience (Bottom 10%) $34 $71,180

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $86 $177,960
NY $81 $169,290
DC $80 $167,190
RI $77 $160,500
CA $74 $154,030
MA $74 $153,990
DE $73 $150,920
CO $72 $150,450
CT $72 $149,900
WA $69 $143,430

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Human Resources Manager is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NJ might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Human Resources Managers are in the states of NJ, NY, DC, RI and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $184440 $88.67
Scientific Research and Development Services $183030 $87.99
Other Information Services $181000 $87.02
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $180180 $86.62
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $176290 $84.75
Motion Picture and Video Industries $174030 $83.67
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $172890 $83.12
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $164350 $79.01
Legal Services $162200 $77.98
Software Publishers $160750 $77.29
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $159720 $76.79
Insurance Carriers $157310 $75.63
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $156860 $75.42
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $156030 $75.02
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media $153400 $73.75
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $152830 $73.48
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $152570 $73.35
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $152200 $73.17
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $151110 $72.65
Telecommunications $150310 $72.27
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $150160 $72.19
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $148280 $71.29
Management of Companies and Enterprises $148140 $71.22
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $147580 $70.95
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $147540 $70.93
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $147210 $70.77
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $146530 $70.45
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $146160 $70.27
Oil and Gas Extraction $146030 $70.21
Spectator Sports $145060 $69.74

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