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HR Salary in Colorado

Human resource professions continue to be among the most in-demand occupations in the country. In fact, according to the US News and World Report, human resources specialists were ranked among the top fifteen “Best Business Jobs of 2015.” Right now, HR workers in Colorado are experiencing especially high employment growth trends.

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported job growth projections for Colorado for the years between 2012 and 2022:

  • Employment for human resources managers in Colorado is expected to rise by 34%, which is 21% higher than the national growth average for this occupation
  • Employment for human resources specialists in Colorado is expected to increase by 20%, which is 12% higher than the national growth average for this profession
  • Employment for human resources assistants is expected to grow by 8%, which is 9% higher than the national growth average for this occupation

Along with high employment rates, human resources managers in Colorado are also earning some of the highest salaries in the country. For example, in 2014, the federal government found that Colorado was among the top five highest paying states for human resources managers. In addition, the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area was among the top ten highest paying metropolitan areas for human resources managers in the country.

Earning High Human Resources Salaries in Colorado

HR managerial positions often offer the highest paying jobs in this competitive field. However, these jobs are not easily attainable. In general, potential employers will only hire candidates that express a high level of professionalism through academic achievement, work experience, and certification. As such, HR professionals that intend to pursue supervisory, directorial, and executive roles should initiate career advancement possibilities by:

  • Earning a field-related graduate degree like a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resources
  • Using volunteer opportunities, paid jobs, and internships to build a strong work history
  • Becoming a certified human resources professional through a certifying body like the Society for Human Resources Management

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Colorado

Salary reports released by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources managers employed in Colorado earned an average annual salary of $133,740 and an average hourly wage of $64.30 in 2014. However, human resources managers that worked in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area earned a higher average annual salary of $141,410:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boulder CO
120
117160
Colorado Springs CO
100
118330
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO
1000
141410
Fort Collins-Loveland CO
60
127380
Greeley CO
40
120640
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
30
101750

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 Colorado

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor conducted surveys revealing that human resources specialists working in Colorado earned an average annual salary of $65,700 and an average hourly wage of $31.59. Yet, human resources specialist employed in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield and Fort-Collins-Loveland areas earned a higher average annual salary of more than $67,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boulder CO
760
65840
Colorado Springs CO
900
60800
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO
6150
67560
Fort Collins-Loveland CO
420
67630
Grand Junction CO
130
56830
Greeley CO
190
60820
Pueblo CO
140
53630
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
110
52050
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
240
58590
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
220
61820
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area
30
62070

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Colorado

Salary statistics published by the United States Department of Labor indicate that human resources assistants employed in Colorado earned an average annual salary of $40,170 and an average hourly wage of $19.31 in 2014. In that year, human resources assistants working in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area earned the highest average annual salary in the state, at $41,730:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boulder CO
130
40090
Colorado Springs CO
270
37700
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO
1530
41730
Fort Collins-Loveland CO
140
38480
Greeley CO
70
37720
Pueblo CO
60
35010
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
40
34730
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
70
36410
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
70
34360

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