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HR Salary in Alabama

Exciting job prospects and salary opportunities await human resource professionals in Alabama. When U.S. News and World Report published its list of “100 Best Jobs of 2015,” HR Specialists were ranked among the top fifty. The report also declared that the metropolitan area of Decatur was among the top three cities in the country in terms of best compensation for HR training specialists.

In addition, HR professionals that pursue careers as human resource assistants may experience especially abundant job possibilities in Alabama. In fact, the United States Department of Labor announced in May 2014:

  • The metropolitan area surrounding Columbus, Georgia, which includes Alabama border communities such as Phenix City, held the fifth highest concentration of human resources assistant jobs among all other metropolitan areas in the country.
  • The metropolitan area surrounding the city of Montgomery held the seventh highest concentration of human resources assistant jobs compared to all other metropolitan areas in the country.
  • The southeastern nonmetropolitan region of Alabama held the third highest concentration of human resources assistant jobs among all other nonmetropolitan areas in the country.
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Optimizing Salary Potential as an HR Professional in Alabama

Local employers such as the Alabama Department of Human Resources, EBSCO Industries, the University of South Alabama, Charter Communications, and Keystone Foods often advertise for human resource positions statewide. Because of the competitive job market for human resource professionals, employers are likely to receive an overwhelming number of applicants. As a result, they will frequently bypass candidates that lack solid work experience and education.

Therefore, in order to maximize the volume of job offers and receive high-end salaries in Alabama, human resource professionals are encouraged to build impressive résumés by:

  • Earning a Master of Human Resources (MHR) or similar graduate degree
  • Accumulating several years of field experience through internships, volunteerism, and various job positions
  • Becoming a certified human resources professional from a recognized certifying agency like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Alabama

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor found that human resources managers working in Alabama earned an average annual salary of $96,060 and an average hourly wage of $46.18. Still, pay averages often vary depending an individual worker’s geographic location of employment:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Auburn-Opelika AL
40
89830
Birmingham-Hoover AL
350
106380
Decatur AL
40
99570
Huntsville AL
190
105060
Mobile AL
100
91460
Montgomery AL
140
87710
Tuscaloosa AL
60
90400
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
60
82470
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
60
79740
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
60
85420

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Alabama

Occupational wage reports released by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources specialists employed in Alabama earned an average annual salary of $57,970 and an average hourly of $27.87 in 2014. At that time, human resources specialists working in Huntsville, Alabama earned the highest salary average in the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anniston-Oxford AL
80
63870
Auburn-Opelika AL
90
50530
Birmingham-Hoover AL
1360
55220
Decatur AL
80
60030
Dothan AL
90
42160
Florence-Muscle Shoals AL
90
42460
Gadsden AL
40
57990
Huntsville AL
920
68480
Mobile AL
470
61450
Montgomery AL
500
55570
Tuscaloosa AL
270
55390
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
90
52350
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
180
53580
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
190
53060
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
170
54310

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Alabama

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor conducted statewide wage and salary surveys that concluded that human resources assistants earned an average annual salary of $34,990 and an average hourly wage of $16.82 in Alabama. In that year, the Auburn-Opelika area was the highest paying area for these HR professionals:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Auburn-Opelika AL
50
37170
Birmingham-Hoover AL
390
36440
Decatur AL
50
32330
Dothan AL
40
32750
Florence-Muscle Shoals AL
30
31930
Huntsville AL
210
36640
Mobile AL
180
33780
Montgomery AL
370
35590
Tuscaloosa AL
60
35980
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
50
31670
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
120
31850
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
100
32670
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
140
35500

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