According to the Maine Department of Labor, human resources managers recently found themselves named on the state’s short list of “High-Growth, High-Wage Occupations” through 2022. In addition, the United States Department of Labor reported that in 2014 the metropolitan division of Portsmouth held the highest concentration of HR specialist jobs in the country.
Human Resources Salaries in Maine by Experience Level
The best paid human resources professionals in Maine often have the most experience. Those just entering the field are typically recent college graduates that use internships to land entry-level positions. Due to their limited experience, entry-level employees are likely to earn on the lower end of the salary scale until they gain increased knowledge through on-the-job training and job experience.
HR personnel working to eventually become human resources managers are encouraged to accumulate focused experience in compensation and benefits plans, employment law, and the Human Resources Information System (HRIS).
To highlight the correlation between experience and HR salaries, the United States Department of Labor published the following pay ranges for human resources occupations in Maine as of 2014:
Human Resources Managers
- Entry Level: $60,600/yr. or $19.12/hr.
- Mid-Career: $85,100/yr. or $40.90/hr.
- Experienced: $127,400/yr. or $61.26/hr.
Human Resources Specialists
- Entry Level: $34,200/yr. or $16.42/hr.
- Mid-Career: $52,200/yr. or $25.10/hr.
- Experienced: $77,600/yr. or $37.29/hr.
Human Resources Assistants
- Entry Level: $25,000/yr. or $12.00/hr.
- Mid-Career: $35,300/yr. or $16.95/hr.
- Experienced: $48,000/yr. or $23.08/hr.
Human Resources Manager Salaries in Maine
Research studies conducted by the United States Department of Labor conclude that human resources managers working Maine earned an average salary of $90,350 and an average hourly wage of $43.44 in 2014. However, human resources managers that were employed in the nonmetropolitan area of Northeast Maine took home a much higher average annual salary of over $100,000:
Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Maine
Wage reports released by the United States Department of Labor confirm that human resources specialists employed in Maine received an average annual salary of $55,080 and an average hourly wage of $26.48 in 2014. Yet, human resources specialists working in the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area were paid an average annual salary closer to $56,800:
Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Maine
Salary statistics posted by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources assistants in Maine earned an average annual salary of $35,690 and an average hourly wage of $17.16 in 2014. In that year, human resources assistants with jobs in Bangor were awarded a higher average annual salary of $37,880: