An economy that outpaces the national economy for the past six years sets the stage for exceptional professional opportunities in human resources in Georgia, whether you’re a recent college grad, career changer, or current HR professional seeking to climb the professional ladder.
In short, a booming economy translates into a growing HR field. In fact, human resources managers and human resources specialists were among the Georgia Department of Labor’s “Hot Careers to 2026” list due to fast job growth, competitive salaries, and a high level of annual job openings.
Human Resources Management Salaries in Georgia
Double-digit job growth projections among many HR management professionals in Georgia between 2016 and 2026, including human resources managers (16.1 percent) and training managers (15.6 percent), speak to the strength of this field, both now and in the coming years. Top earners here include human resources managers and compensation benefits managers, who earn a median salary of $111,470 and $118,000, respectively.
The following tables provide a closer look at what HR management professionals earn at all levels in Georgia’s largest metro regions:
Human resources management professionals in the Atlanta metro region earn average salaries that top $100,000 in all cases. For example, human resources managers here earn a median salary of $116,190.
The top earners (90th percentile) among Columbus’ human resources managers enjoy an average salary of $161,720.
Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Georgia
Competitive salaries and strong job growth are positive hallmarks of Georgia’s HR specialists and assistant professions.
The following tables provide a closer look at the salaries for Georgia’s HR specialists and assistants in the state’s largest metro areas:
The highest paid HR specialists in the Atlanta metro region are compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists, who earn a median salary of $64,830, followed closely by training and development specialists, who earn a median salary of $64,720.
In the Columbus metro region, the highest paid HR specialists are human resources specialists, who earn a median salary of $52,490.
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_ga.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 and job growth data accessed in September 2019.