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HR Salary in Kentucky

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.

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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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bowling Green KY
50
79880
Elizabethtown KY
50
89150
Lexington-Fayette KY
230
89180
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
600
94460
Owensboro KY
40
71800
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
110
72220
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
110
72690
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
170
78400
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
40
67370

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bowling Green KY
130
45750
Elizabethtown KY
730
66370
Lexington-Fayette KY
700
53750
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
1960
53910
Owensboro KY
130
47510
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
220
49250
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
290
44500
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
470
47370
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
190
41520

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bowling Green KY
60
40280
Elizabethtown KY
470
42960
Lexington-Fayette KY
200
40000
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
660
36100
Owensboro KY
90
34100
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
140
34340
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
150
35490
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
130
37480
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
60
32620

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