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HR Salary in Connecticut

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported that entry-level human resources specialists employed in Connecticut earned an average annual salary of $38,900, which was more than $5,000 more than the national average for HR professionals at this level. Likewise, human resources assistants just entering into the field earned an average annual salary of $27,900 – almost $3,000 more than the national average for these professionals at that time.

However, human resources managers are experiencing particularly high rates of employment and salary earning capabilities. In fact, in 2014, the federal government published several impressive facts about human resources managers in Connecticut, including:

  • Connecticut held the fourth highest concentration of human resources manager jobs in the country
  • The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk region held the third highest concentration of human resources manager jobs among all other metropolitan areas in the country
  • The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk region was also among the top ten highest paying metropolitan areas for human resources managers
  • The Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan region was among the top five highest paying nonmetropolitan areas for human resources managers
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How to Qualify for High Paying HR Jobs in Connecticut

In Connecticut, HR specialists and HR assistants are earning an average salary range between $40,000 and $67,000. However, experienced HR managers often earn twice this amount.

In order to qualify for high-paying HR manager, executive, and director jobs, HR workers need to prove long-term dedication to the field by building a strong history of formal education combined with years of applicable experience. Ways to enhance career advancement opportunities include:

  • Earning a graduate degree in human resources, such as a Master of Science in Human Resources or a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management
  • Gaining advanced skills and training by accumulating several years of work experience as a paid employee, intern or volunteer in the human resources field
  • Receiving a career credential by becoming certified as a human resource professional through the HR Certification Institute or the Society for Human Resources Management

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Connecticut

Salary reports released by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources managers employed in Connecticut earned an average annual salary of $130,980 and an average hourly wage of $62.97 in 2014. However, human resources managers working in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area earned a notably higher average annual salary of over $150,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT
730
150020
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT
790
122790
New Haven CT
220
109380
Norwich-New London CT-RI
80
111220
Waterbury CT
50
96750
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area
30
117120

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 Connecticut

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor collected occupational wage data indicating that human resources managers working in Connecticut earned an average annual salary of $67,290 and an average hourly wage of $32.35. Yet, human resources specialists employed in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area earned a much higher average annual salary of over $69,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT
1920
69610
Danbury CT
150
63990
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT
2050
67120
New Haven CT
830
68950
Norwich-New London CT-RI
350
56680
Waterbury CT
110
59470
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area
80
64900
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area
50
68040

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Connecticut

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor announced that Connecticut was the fourth highest paying state for human resources assistants in the country. At that time, these HR professionals earned an average annual salary of $44,100 and an average hourly wage of $21.20. However, human resources assistants employed in New Haven earned a significantly higher average annual salary of over $47,500:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT
290
41820
Danbury CT
50
41300
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT
380
45010
New Haven CT
250
47540
Norwich-New London CT-RI
100
42630
Waterbury CT
40
45080

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