Massachusetts’ strong and diverse economy not only means plenty of jobs in all areas of human resources, but plenty of high-paying jobs for everyone from entry-level HR assistants to senior-level HR managers to training and development managers.
In fact, Massachusetts is home to some of the highest paid HR professionals in the country, including:
- Human Resources Specialists: Third highest salary in the U.S.; annual mean salary of $74,940
- Training and Development Specialists: Third highest salary in the U.S.; annual mean salary of $77,080
- Human Resources Assistants: Third highest salary in the U.S.; annual mean salary of $47,380
Human Resources Management Salaries in Massachusetts
While there is a wide array of excellent job opportunities for HR professionals of all levels in Massachusetts, it’s the managers, supervisors, and executives in human resources who enjoy the highest salaries. In Massachusetts, HR management professionals across the board earn well into the six digits at the median level:
- Compensation and benefits managers: $117,930
- Human resources managers: $123,750
- Training and development managers: $117,330
Achieving one of these high-ranking HR positions doesn’t come easy, as they are reserved for those with an advanced level of education; usually a Master of Human Resources (MHR) or a similar degree. These pros also often have extensive experience and professional certification through one of the national certifying bodies like the SHRM or the HRCI.
A closer look at the earning potential for HR management professionals in Massachusetts’ largest metro areas of Boston and Worcester is found in the following tables:
No surprise here: Boston, long considered the epicenter of biotech and healthcare companies, is also home to some of the highest salaries for HR management professionals. For example, human resources managers here earn a median salary of $130,570, which is about $7,000 more than the state average and $17,000 more than the national average for this profession.
While average salaries for HR management professionals in the Worcester metro area can’t stack up to those in the Boston metro area, they are still quite competitive. For example, compensation and benefits managers here earn a median salary of $101,420 and a top (90th percentile) average salary of $175,280.
Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Massachusetts
Massachusetts’ HR specialists are among the top-paid in the nation, in many cases. For example, HR assistants are the third highest-paid in the nation. With a median salary of $46,250, these HR pros earn about $6,000 more than the national median salary for this profession.
Additional information regarding what human resources specialists and assistants in Massachusetts’ largest metro areas of Boston and Worcester earn at all levels is available through the following tables:
Most HR specialists in Boston earn median salaries that hover in the $70,000s. For example, labor relations specialists here earn a median salary of $74,060, which is about $4,000 more than the state median salary and about $11,000 more than the national median salary for this profession.
The highest earners among HR specialists and assistants in the Worcester metro area are labor relations specialists, who earn a median salary of $81,580, which is about $11,000 more than the state median salary for this profession.
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_ma.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.
All salary and job growth data accessed in September 2019.