Delaware’s human resources professionals enjoy some of the highest salaries in the nation, according to BLS statistics. In fact, Delaware came in among the top-paying states in the country for human resources managers and compensation and benefits managers. For example, HR managers here earn a median salary of $130,840 – which is about $17,000 more than the national median salary for these professionals.
In addition, training and development managers, human resources specialists, training and development specialists, and compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists all enjoy median salaries that surpass the national median. For example, HR specialists in Delaware earn a median salary of $62,420, which is about $2,000 more than the national median for this profession.
Tips for Landing High Paying HR Jobs
Although many entry-level human resources professionals are earning higher-than-average salaries in Delaware, many strive to create career advancement opportunities that will qualify them for higher paying positions as executives, directors, and managers. In a competitive job market, it is important that an HR candidate stands out among a large pool of applicants for these high-ranking positions by:
- Attaining formal education. Most HR professionals in managerial positions have at least a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resources Management or a closely related HR discipline.
- Amassing several years of field experience. In general, employers are only comfortable hiring HR experts to handle jobs that require heavy amounts of responsibility and complicated work duties. Most management-level HR professionals have several years of experience through paid jobs, volunteering, and internships.
- Earning a professional credential. Many HR workers in supervisory roles choose to become certified HR professionals to assure the public of their extensive knowledge in the field. Major HR certifying bodies include the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Human Resources Management Salaries in Delaware
Human resources managers in the Dover metro area earn a median salary that’s far below the state average – $84,770 vs. $130,840.
The following table provides a closer look at what these professionals earn at all levels in Delaware’s largest metro area:
Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Delaware
Median salaries for both human resources specialists and training and development specialists in Dover come in below the state median. For example, HR specialists here earn a median salary of $53,740, which is about $9,000 less than the state median salary of $62,420.
The following table offers a more detailed picture of what HR specialists earn at all levels in Delaware’s largest metro region:
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_de.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.
All salary data accessed in September 2019.