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HR Salary in Arizona

In 2013, Forbes Magazine named Arizona the “#1 Best State for Future Job Growth” in the United States, and recent employment projections for human resource professionals are definitely validating this claim.

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment growth rates for human resource professionals in Arizona through 2022 are as follows:

  • Human resources managers are experiencing a 23% employment growth rate, which is 10% higher than the national average growth rate for this HR occupation
  • Human resources specialists are expected to benefit from an employment growth rate of 17%, which is 9% higher than the national average growth rate for this HR profession
  • Human resources assistants are benefiting from an employment growth surge of 7%, which is 8% higher than the national average growth rate for this HR career

The United States Department of Labor found that employment prospects could be especially strong for human resource professionals working in the southeastern nonmetropolitan area of Arizona. In 2014:

  • This region held the fourth highest concentration of human resources specialist jobs among all other nonmetropolitan areas in the country
  • This region was also named the third highest paying nonmetropolitan area for human resources specialists compared to all other nonmetropolitan areas in the country
  • This region held the fourth highest concentration of human resources assistant jobs among all other nonmetropolitan areas in the country

Tips for Landing High-Paying HR Jobs in Arizona

The most successful, and highest paid HR professionals invest in graduate education and gain enough work experience to land director, manager, and executive HR positions. Ways to accelerate this kind of career advancement include:

  • Joining human resources associations like Arizona Healthcare Human Resources Association (AHHRA) to facilitate professional networking opportunities
  • Earning a Master’s in Human Resource (MHR) degree from an accredited college or university
  • Acquiring several years of HR experience through paid jobs, volunteer positions, and field-related internships
  • Receiving an HR credential by becoming a certified human resources professionals through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Arizona

In 2014, United States Department of Labor research found that human resources managers working in Arizona were earning an average annual salary of $102,690 and an average hourly wage of $49.37. In that year, human resources managers that worked in Flagstaff earned a particularly high average annual salary of $106,250, while those employed in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area received a comparable average annual salary of $106,030:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Flagstaff AZ
60
106250
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
1760
106030
Tucson AZ
260
89470
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area
50
89700
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area
30
86770

Figures are at or above $90 an hour or $187,199 per year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries beyond these levels.

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Arizona

Occupational wage reports published by the United States Department of Labor indicate that human resources specialists employed in Arizona earned an average annual salary of $57,480 and an average hourly wage of $27.64 in 2014. At that time, human resources specialists working in the southeastern nonmetropolitan region earned an average annual salary $71,530, making it by far the highest paying area of the state for these HR professionals:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Flagstaff AZ
180
56270
Lake Havasu City - Kingman AZ
70
55620
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
6940
58500
Prescott AZ
100
56320
Tucson AZ
1080
53030
Yuma AZ
120
53180
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
55530
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area
220
71530

Human Research Assistant Salaries in Arizona

In 2014, surveys spearheaded by the United States Department of Labor revealed that human resources assistants working in Arizona earned an average annual salary of $35,150 and an average hourly wage of $16.90. In that year, the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area held the highest level of employment for human resources assistants, while the southeastern nonmetropolitan region of the state offered the highest average annual salary for these HR professionals:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Flagstaff AZ
50
32230
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
1600
35640
Prescott AZ
50
36110
Tucson AZ
330
32730
Yuma AZ
50
32550
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area
80
35620
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area
90
37440

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