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:
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:
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: