Oklahoma has a well-deserved reputation as a business friendly state. In 2014, Forbes rated it as having the 5th best economic climate in the country and as being the 10th best state in which to do business. The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce identified five of the state’s strongest economic sectors for 2015. They included energy, information and finance, transportation and distribution, agriculture and biosciences, and aerospace and defense. Verizon, Paycom, and American Airlines hire large numbers of employees in Oklahoma. In addition, Tinker Air Force Base employs 26,000 personnel.
With its persistently strong economic climate, Oklahoma’s companies are frequently hiring new employees to keep their businesses viable. This requires the expertise of an array of HR professionals such as HR managers, labor relations specialists, compensation managers, and other types of HR talent. As companies vie for the limited number of high-level HR professionals in Oklahoma, this raises the salary bar for HR experts in the state.
Salary Expectations for HR Professionals in Oklahoma
The 1420 HR managers who were employed in Oklahoma as of May 2014 commanded particularly high salaries according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals earned $83,840 on average, while those in the 90th percentile earned an average of $127,790.
Oklahoma had 3.3 times as many HR specialists employed as HR managers in May 2014. Human resources specialists averaged $52,140 a year, with those in the top 10% of their profession earning $78,440.
Other professionals work as HR assistants in Oklahoma. Lawton is a good area to look for work as an HR assistant, as it had the 4th highest concentration of HR assistant jobs in the country as of May 2014.
Not surprisingly most of Oklahoma’s high-powered HR professionals are located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 73% of Oklahoma’s human resources specialists and 71.1% of its human resources managers were employed in these two cities in May 2014.
Human Resources Manager Salaries in Oklahoma’s Cities and Nonmetropolitan Areas
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in a 2014 analysis that human resources managers in the Northwestern nonmetropolitan area of Oklahoma had an exceedingly high average salary that was 29.8% higher than the average for the state:
*Salaries are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide detail on salaries that exceed these amounts.
Oklahoma Human Resources Specialist Salaries
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources specialists in the Northeastern nonmetropolitan area of Oklahoma had an average salary that was higher than those in Oklahoma’s cities or other nonmetropolitan areas of the state (May 2014):
Human Resources Assistants Salaries Throughout Oklahoma
Human resources assistants in Oklahoma City had a higher average salary than those in the rest of Oklahoma according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2014):