Job growth in Arizona’s human resources field is nothing short of spectacular, with most professions showing double-digit growth between 2016 and 2026. In 2016, the number of professionals working in HR management and specialists roles totaled 27,770. By 2026, this number is projected to swell to 32,800 – an increase of more than 5,000 jobs.
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 climb the corporate ladder and achieve 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 professional through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)
Human Resources Management Salaries in Arizona
The highest earning HR management professionals in Arizona’s two largest metro areas of Phoenix and Tucson were compensation and benefits managers in Phoenix, who earned a median salary of $102,820 in May 2018.
The following tables provide a closer look at the salaries for HR management professionals at all levels in both Phoenix and Tucson:
Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Arizona
Labor relations specialists earned the highest median salaries in the Phoenix area, at $78,270. While these professionals also earned the highest salary among HR specialists and assistants in the Tucson metro area, their median salary was significantly lower than their counterparts in Phoenix.
The following tables detail salaries for HR specialists and assistants in Arizona’s two largest metro areas of Phoenix and Tucson:
Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2018 for human resources managers, specialists, and assistants – https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_az.htm#11-9111. The BLS salary data shown here represents median – 90th percentile salary ranges for the state and its MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries.
Job growth projections sourced from the Arizona Department of Administration’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and job growth data accessed in October 2019.