HR Salary in Indiana

If you’re in the Hoosier state, you’ll be happy to know that professional opportunities in human resources are abundant here, thanks to a growing economy that’s meant thousands of new jobs and a GDP that rose to $371 billion in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, job projections for human resources professionals reflect this growth, with many professions here expected to enjoy double-digit growth between 2016 and 2026:

  • HR Managers: 10.5 percent
  • Training and Development Managers: 11.4 percent
  • Training and Development Specialists: 12.3 percent
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Human Resources Management Salaries in Indiana

The highest paying HR professionals are employed in managerial positions as directors, supervisors, and executives. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resources Management or a similar graduate degree is what you covet if you have aspirations of achieving one of these top-level HR management careers.

In Indiana, these positions often come with impressive salaries that match the higher level of education and experience they demand. For example, the median salary for compensation and benefits managers in Indiana is $103,840, with the top 10% earning $159,210.

Human resources managers in Indiana also enjoy a median salary that nears six digits – $96,620, and a top (90th percentile) salary that rivals their compensation and benefits manager’s salary at this level, at $157,000.

A closer look at what HR management professionals earn in Indiana’s largest metro areas of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne is available in the following tables:

Indianapolis

HR management professionals in Indianapolis out-earn their counterparts in the Fort Wayne metro area, in most cases. For example, HR managers here earn a median salary of $99,440, while in Fort Wayne, they earn a median salary of $88,270.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
80
51.76
Human Resources Managers
910
47.81
Training and Development Managers
350
44.58

 

Fort Wayne

Human resources managers in Fort Wayne earn a median salary of $74,100, narrowly beating out their training and development managers here, who earn a median salary of $69,900.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Managers
130
42.44
Training and Development Managers
40
41.67

 

HR Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Indiana

While specialists and assistants in the human resources field in Indiana earn less than their management counterparts, these bachelor’s-prepared professionals can expect competitive salaries in Indiana. For example, labor relations specialists in Indiana earn a median salary of $69,770, which surpasses the national median salary of $63,200 for this profession.

More information on what HR specialists and assistants can expect to earn in the state’s two largest metro areas of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne is available through the following tables:

Indianapolis

Work in an HR specialty position in Indiana and chances are you’ll enjoy an average salary that falls into the $50,000s. For example, compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists here earn a median salary of $55,600, while training and development specialists earn a median salary of $57,010.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Specialists
5360
26.60
Labor Relations Specialists
690
35.11
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
350
26.73
Training and Development Specialists
2410
27.41
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
620
19.66

 

Fort Wayne

The top earners among HR specialty professions in Fort Wayne are labor relations specialists, who earn a median salary of $98,690, beating out their peers in Indianapolis, who earn a median salary of $73,020.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Specialists
960
24.21
Labor Relations Specialists
-
47.45
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
60
21.27
Training and Development Specialists
410
28.32
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
90
17.89

 

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_in.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. 

 Job growth projections sourced from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

All salary and job growth data accessed in September 2019.

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