In July 2013, Governor Phil Bryant announced that more than $1 billion in money from the private sector had been invested in the state during his tenure as Governor. He highlighted GE, Yokohoma, and Roxul as successful businesses that recently located options in Mississippi that added a significant number of jobs and spurring demand for skilled HR professionals.
As companies establish operations in Mississippi, they compete with established companies to obtain the best talent, which requires the services of high-level HR professionals that include hiring managers, compensation managers, training specialists, and other types of experts in the HR field. This level of hiring creates competition for the most skilled HR professionals and drives up the base salaries they are offered.
Salary and Employment Data for HR Professionals in Mississippi
High-paying HR positions in Mississippi include that of human resources managers. These professionals earned an average of $77,620 a year in the state as of May 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those in the top 10% of their profession earned an average of $122,510 a year, showing how education and experience can contribute significantly to earnings.
In 2015, Forbes named HR specialist as the 11th most desirable business profession, based largely on the fact that they are so well-compensated for their level of education and experience. The average salary for HR specialists in Mississippi was $48,180 a year with those in the top 10% of this occupational class earning an average of $81,530 as of May 2014.
High-level HR professionals in Mississippi can find employment in both rural and urban areas. Almost half of the state’s HR managers worked in one of the nonmetropolitan areas of Mississippi as of May 2014. Slightly more than one third of Mississippi’s HR specialists worked in rural areas, while 29.1% of them were concentrated in the Jackson area at that time.
Salaries for Mississippi’s Human Resources Managers
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provided an analysis of human resources manager salaries throughout Mississippi as of May 2014. These professionals earned the highest average salary in the Pascagoula and Gulfport-Biloxi areas.
Those earning in the 90th percentile in Gulfport-Biloxi had an average salary that was 13.3% higher than that of their colleagues throughout Mississippi:
Salaries for Mississippi’s Human Resources Specialists
As of May 2014, human resource specialists working in the Gulfport-Biloxi area earned an exceptionally high average salary according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Salaries for Mississippi’s Human Resources Assistants
Human resource assistants in Jackson had the highest average salary of those employed in Mississippi as of May 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: