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HR Salary in Alaska

When CNN.com recently released its list of “100 Best Jobs in America,” regional HR managers were found among the top seventy-five coveted occupations. The news network powerhouse included regional HR managers because of the high growth and high wage projections for these professionals.

More specifically, regional HR managers nationwide are expected to enjoy a 13% employment growth rate in the coming years. In addition, they are earning a generous median salary of $84,900. However, as of 2015, HR managers working in Alaska are earning an average of $20,000 more annually than the national median.

It comes as no surprise then that many professionals are pursuing human resource careers in Alaska because they often lead to tremendous employment opportunities that result in high salaries. In fact, in 2014, the United States Department of Labor announced:

  • The southeastern nonmetropolitan region of Alaska held the highest concentration of human resources specialist jobs compared to all other nonmetropolitan regions in the country
  • The southeastern nonmetropolitan region of Alaska also held the highest concentration of human resources assistant jobs among all other nonmetropolitan regions in the country
  • Alaska held the third highest concentration of human resources assistant jobs among all other states in the country
  • Alaska was recognized as the third highest paying state for human resources assistants among all other states in the country

How to Command a Higher Salary

When local employers like the University of Alaska, Nabors Industries Chugach Electric, HCA Healthcare, and Alyeska Resort search for candidates to fill human resources positions, they often offer salaries based on experience and prefer graduate-educated applicants. As a result, the most successful HR professionals in the business often attract high paying jobs by:

  • Building strong work histories through volunteer positions, field-related internships, and paid positions
  • Earning a Master’s in Human Resources (MHR) degree from an accredited college or university
  • Becoming a certified human resources professional from an established certifying body like the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) or the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Alaska

According to the United States Department of Labor, human resource managers working in Alabama were earning an average annual salary of $109,070 and an average hourly wage of $52.44 in 2014. However, professionals employed in Anchorage and the southwestern nonmetropolitan area of the state earned above-average salaries that year:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anchorage AK
110
111990
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area
40
110390

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Alaska

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported that human resources specialists employed throughout Alaska earned an average annual salary of $64,010 and an average hourly wage of $30.77. Detailed salary and wage data for these professionals employed in Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well as in the southeastern and southwestern nonmetropolitan areas of the state are as follows:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anchorage AK
660
64800
Fairbanks AK
100
67690
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area
190
58920
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area
190
64230

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Alaska

Salary surveys conducted by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources assistants in Alaska were earning an average annual salary of $45,030 and an average hourly wage of $21.65 in 2014. As the state’s largest city, Anchorage, employed the highest number of human resources assistants in that year, the southeastern nonmetropolitan region offered the biggest salaries:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anchorage AK
230
43110
Fairbanks AK
60
43890
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area
120
48980
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area
70
44510

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