According to recent employment trend reports from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), as more baby-boomers are leaving or retiring from the field of human resources, the HR workforce has begun to experience a shortage of skilled workers. Therefore, the demand for highly trained HR professional continues to grow nationwide, and as much so in Kentucky.
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor released occupational projections that illustrate the demand for human resources professionals throughout Kentucky. For example, from 2012 through 2022 the employment of HR managers will grow by 14%, which is 1% faster than the national average for this profession. In addition, the employment of HR specialists will rise by 15%, which is 7% faster than the national average for this professional classification.
Employment options for human resources workers in Kentucky may be especially prevalent in the Elizabethtown area. In fact, in 2014, this region held the highest concentration of human resources specialist and human resources assistant jobs of all other metropolitan areas in the country.
Salary Ranges for Kentucky’s Human Resource Professionals
Although higher educational standards are prompting HR professionals to earn graduate degrees and specialized MBAs in Human Resource Management, many also use work experience to advance their earning potential.
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor published HR salary ranges for Kentucky that illustrate how experience impacts earning potential:
Human Resources Managers
- Entry Level: $50,200/yr. or $24.13/hr.
- Mid-Career: $83,700/yr. or $40.22/hr.
- Experienced: $133,800/yr. or $64.35/hr.
Human Resources Specialists
- Entry Level: $30,300/yr. or $14.58/hr.
- Mid-Career: $51,500/yr. or $24.76/hr.
- Experienced: $84,800/yr. or $40.75/hr.
Human Resources Assistants
- Entry Level: $26,000/yr. or $12.50/hr.
- Mid-Career: $39,000/yr. or $18.75/hr.
- Experienced: $49,600/yr. or $23.86/hr.
Human Resource Manager Salaries in Kentucky
Salary figures presented by the United States Department of Labor confirm that human resources managers working in Kentucky earned an average annual salary of $89,600 and average hourly wage of $43.08 as of 2014.
The highest paid human resources managers were employed in the Louisville-Jefferson County area where they received an average annual salary of $94,460 as of 2014:
Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Kentucky
In 2014, the United States Department of Labor published salary statistics showing that human resources specialists employed in Kentucky earned an average annual salary of $54,530 and an average hourly wage of $26.22.
However, HR specialists that worked in Elizabethtown achieved the highest average annual salary in the state at $66,370 in 2014:
Human Resource Assistant Salaries in Kentucky
Occupational pay reports published by the United States Department of Labor indicate that human resource assistants working in Kentucky earned an average annual salary of $38,410 and an average hourly wage of $18.47 in 2014.
The highest paid human resource assistants were employed in Elizabethtown where they received an average annual salary of $42,960 that year: