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HR Salary in California

Human resources professionals in California are benefitting from ideal employment conditions that allow them access to the highest paying jobs in the field. In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, in 2014:

  • California held the highest level of employment for human resources managers, human resources specialists, and human resources assistants in the country
  • The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area was the top paying metropolitan area for human resources managers, human resources specialists, and human resources assistants in the country
  • California was the third highest paying state for human resources specialists in the country
  • The San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan division was the fifth top paying metropolitan for human resources managers in the country
  • California was the fifth highest paying state for human resources assistants in the country

Advertised Human Resource Salaries in California

The Southern California Public Management Association for Human Resources (SCPMA-HR) is a community leader advocating for HR issues in the public sector. Recently, the SCPMA-HR posted several advertisements for local employers looking to fill human resources positions in the state. These advertisements often include HR salary offers. For example:

  • Human Resources Analyst I: $59,880-$76,788/yr.
  • Human Resources Analyst II: $68,508-$87,852/yr.
  • Personnel Director: $159,700-$199,000/yr.
  • Human Resources Director: $156,648-$204,156/yr.
  • HR Administrative Assistant: $42,840-$52,068/yr.

Facilitating career advancement is the key to earning the highest HR salaries in the field. Through proactive professional development, entry-level HR professionals may eventually qualify for managerial, directorial or executive HR positions. These HR jobs are particularly coveted because they are among the highest paying positions. Examples of how to accelerate career advancement in human resources include:

  • Building a strong résumé by gaining as much field-related work experience as possible. Working in volunteer positions, paid jobs, and internship opportunities is encouraged.
  • Investing in higher education by earning a graduate degree. High paying HR jobs typically require at least a master’s in human resources management (MHRM) or related degree.
  • Earning a professional HR credential. Certifying agencies like the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society for Human Resources Management offer several HR certification options.

Human Resources Manager Salaries in California

Salary statistics gathered by the United States Department of Labor conclude that human resources managers employed in California earned an average annual salary of $126,350/yr. and an average hourly wage of $60.74 in 2014. In that year, the highest paying areas for human resources managers included the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward metropolitan division, the Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine metropolitan division, and the Los-Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano, CA
160
93040
Chico CA
40
103470
Fresno CA
240
83280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
3930
125020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
5510
125070
Merced CA
50
108390
Modesto CA
120
109710
Napa CA
40
118810
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
1360
128170
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
200
108460
Redding CA
40
72560
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
720
100830
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
840
99810
Salinas CA
80
93020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
1360
122950
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
3290
141390
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Divi
1930
150730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
1530
161640
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
70
100290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
1580
125200
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
130
100920
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
80
106500
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
150
109910
Stockton CA
120
97830
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
70
95470
Visalia-Porterville CA
70
104420
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
70
91330
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
30
90320

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 California

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor published wage reports indicating that human resources specialists working in California earned an average annual salary of $71,260 and an average hourly wage of $34.26. At that time, human resources specialists employed in the highest paying areas of the state – San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan division and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara – earned average annual salaries over $85,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano, CA
660
60080
Chico CA
130
57010
El Centro CA
80
59050
Fresno CA
690
57470
Hanford-Corcoran CA
50
63360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
12940
66850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
18430
69420
Madera-Chowchilla CA
60
65340
Merced CA
140
67710
Modesto CA
360
54760
Napa CA
160
66200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
3960
74970
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
990
61650
Redding CA
110
51400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
3350
58970
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
2600
66070
Salinas CA
270
67460
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
5080
68760
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
9510
81470
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Divi
5550
86110
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
4080
88120
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
180
66160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
5490
75480
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
440
62060
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
290
72070
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
520
68460
Stockton CA
450
58050
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
480
75380
Visalia-Porterville CA
270
56920
Yuba City CA
80
50450
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
60
60630
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
200
56180
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
60
51880
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
120
65950

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in California

Wage data collected by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources assistants earned an average annual salary of $43,540 and an average hourly wage of $20.93 in 2014. In that year, human resources assistants that worked in the highest paying areas of the state – San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan division and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara – earned more than $50,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano CA
310
40740
Chico CA
50
36470
El Centro CA
80
44950
Fresno CA
340
40520
Hanford-Corcoran CA
80
43030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
4070
42860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
5590
43090
Madera-Chowchilla CA
40
44390
Merced CA
60
39820
Modesto CA
160
43270
Napa CA
60
36060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
1010
44320
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
340
40700
Redding CA
50
40310
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
1320
38280
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
1470
45310
Salinas CA
130
44750
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
1510
42060
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
1980
47300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Divi
970
50410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
1190
50560
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
130
42610
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
1520
43720
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
140
41750
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
80
39890
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
170
40250
Stockton CA
230
41120
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
120
44150
Visalia-Porterville CA
120
41220
Yuba City CA
30
41680
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
50
40760
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
100
38820
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
60
39860

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