Maryland’s diverse array of businesses, educational institutions, and federal offices led it to weather the recession much better than most states. As Maryland’s economy rebounds, human resources professionals are in high demand to help choose promising candidates for the large number of jobs being advertised in the state.
One type of human resource position that is especially promising in Maryland is that of human resources specialist. US News and World Reports featured this profession as being the 11th best business job in the country in a 2015 analysis of salaries and advancement opportunities.
The US Department of Labor announced that Maryland’s HR specialists earned the 2nd highest average salary in the country in May 2014. Particular locations in Maryland are particularly lucrative for HR specialists:
- The Bethesda area had the 4th highest average salary for human resources specialists in the country
- The St. Mary County nonmetropolitan area had the highest average salary in the country for human resources specialists who worked in rural areas
More than 1,900 human resources managers were employed in Maryland in 2014. These professionals were especially highly compensated when they worked in the Bethesda area. The average human resources manager salary there was $146,860 in 2014—the 7th highest in the country of any metropolitan area.
In addition, Maryland had the highest concentration of jobs for human resources assistants in the country in 2014 according to the US Department of Labor. The Baltimore area had the 10th highest employment level for HR assistants of any metropolitan area in the country that year.
Commanding a Higher Salary as an HR Professional in Maryland
Maryland’s large employers include companies such as Giant Food, Verizon Inc., and Northrop Grumman that require the services of human resources professionals to keep them staffed with qualified candidates. In addition, the medical institutions of Johns Hopkins employ so many people that they tied with MedStar Health and the iconic Black & Decker Corporation as the second largest employer in Maryland in 2015.
Since these employers advertise throughout the state of Maryland and even the country as a whole, they can choose among a number of candidates for HR positions. Thus, they are able to choose the most qualified candidates such as those who have a Master of Human Resources (MHR) or a comparable type of degree.
Additional ways for candidates to stand out among the competition is to have an impressive resume that includes:
- Having several years of experience in various jobs, internships, or volunteer positions
- Obtaining certification as a human resources professional from such organizations as the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) or the SHRM—the Society for Human Resources Management
Salaries for Maryland’s Human Resources Specialists
The salaries for human resources specialists in Maryland were the highest in the St. Mary’s County nonmetropolitan area according to a US Department of Labor analysis from May 2014. The average salary in the 90th percentile topped $120,000 in this location:
Human Resources Manager Salaries in Maryland
Human resources managers who worked in the Bethesda area were exceptionally well paid according to a May 2014 analysis conducted by the US Department of Labor:
* This annual salary was equal to or greater than $187,199 a year while the hourly wage was equal to or greater than $90 an hour. The US Department of Labor does not report salaries beyond these values.
Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Maryland
The US Department of Labor provides salary data for human resources assistants throughout Maryland for May 2014. While the highest level of employment was in the Baltimore area, those employed in the Bethesda area had the highest average salaries: