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HR Salary in Kansas

Kansas’s largest employers are prepared to offer great salaries to skilled human resources workers interested in pursuing long-lasting careers here. In fact, the Kansas Department of Labor included both human resources managers and human resource specialists among its most recent list of “High Demand, High Wage” occupations in the state.

The federal government has also recognized Kansas as a national leader for human resources employment. For example, in 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported:

  • The nonmetropolitan region of Kansas held the highest employment level for human resources managers and human resources specialists among all other nonmetropolitan areas in the country
  • The nonmetropolitan region of Kansas also held the second highest employment level for human resources assistants among all other nonmetropolitan areas in the country
  • The Manhattan area held the highest concentration of human resources specialist jobs and the second highest concentration of human resources assistant jobs among all other metropolitan areas in the country

Human Resources Salary Ranges in Kansas

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported that human resources workers in Kansas were earning within the following pay ranges, depending upon experience level:

Human resources managers

  • Entry Level: $25,400/yr. or $12.20/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $36,600/yr. or $17.60/hr.
  • Experienced: $48,300/yr. or $23.22/hr.

Human resources specialists

  • Entry Level: $32,300/yr. or $15.51/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $54,900/yr. or $26.38/hr.
  • Experienced: $86,800/yr. or $41.71/hr.

Human resources assistants

  • Entry Level: $25,400/yr. or $12.20/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $36,600/yr. or $17.60/hr.
  • Experienced: $48,300/yr. or $23.22/hr.

Human resources students and professionals that ultimately strive to earn the highest salaries in the business should proactively seek ways to qualify for jobs as HR managers, directors, and supervisors. Since these positions are usually competitive, human resources workers are encouraged to increase their marketability to future employers by:

  • Earning a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management or a closely-related degree
  • Becoming a certified HR professional through a certification agency like the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
  • Amassing numerous years of work experience through internships, volunteer opportunities, and employment

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Kansas

Salary statistics released by the United States Department of Labor show that human resources managers in Kansas earned an average annual salary of $97,140 and an average hourly wage of $46.70 in 2014.

Meanwhile, human resources managers that were employed in the Manhattan area earned a notably higher average annual salary of $101,900:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Manhattan KS
30
101900
Topeka KS
90
97350
Wichita KS
190
92290
Kansas nonmetropolitan area
210
80440

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Kansas

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor published salary reports indicating that human resources specialists in Kansas earned an average annual salary of $57,050 and an average hourly wage of $27.43.

In that year, human resources specialists working in the Manhattan area received an even higher average annual salary of $63,990:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Lawrence KS
90
52110
Manhattan KS
330
63990
Topeka KS
450
56740
Wichita KS
850
56400
Kansas nonmetropolitan area
810
48780

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Kansas

Occupational wage surveys administered by the United States Department of Labor conclude that human resources assistants in Kansas earned an average annual salary of $36,720 and an average hourly wage of $17.66 in 2014.

However, human resources assistants employed in the Topeka area earned a slightly higher average annual salary of $37,580:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Manhattan KS
150
36540
Topeka KS
130
37580
Wichita KS
260
34530
Kansas nonmetropolitan area
250
34310

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