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HR Salary in Massachusetts

The high-tech economy in Massachusetts helps to fuel economic growth in the state, and the number of total jobs in the state increased by nearly 61,000 in 2014 according to the Boston Globe. Half of the employees in Massachusetts work for employers that have more than 1,000 employees and rely heavily on human resources professionals to keep their ranks staffed with highly qualified employees.

As a result of the heavy levels of hiring taking place in the state, Massachusetts had the third highest concentration of human resources managers in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It announced that both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas had high concentrations of jobs for these highly paid professionals that year:

  • The Boston area had the 6th highest concentration of human resources manager positions of any metropolitan area in the country in 2014
  • Two nonmetropolitan areas had the highest concentration of these types of positions of any rural area in the country:
    • North Central Massachusetts had the 2nd highest concentration of human resources managers of any nonmetropolitan area of the country
    • Northwest Massachusetts had the 3rd highest concentration of these HR professionals of any nonmetropolitan area of the country

Massachusetts is also a promising state to find human resource specialist jobs. It had the 5th highest concentration of HR specialist jobs in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Boston metropolitan area is particularly promising for these types of positions:

  • Boston had the 9th highest level of employment of HR specialists in 2014
  • It also had the 10th highest average salary for HR specialists of any metropolitan area in the country in 2014

How to Earn a Higher Salary as an HR Professional in Massachusetts

The largest employers in Massachusetts are hospitals that frequently advertise nationally to fill their positions and that rely heavily on human resources professionals:

  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital

In addition, a number of private employers that employ 5,000 to 10,000 people are located in Massachusetts and include Bose Corporation, Staples, Liberty Mutual Group, and John Hancock Life Insurance. These companies require the services of HR professionals to hire the best employees they can find.

Such companies generally advertise widely for their HR candidates and have a high number of applicants. One way to stand out among the large number of candidates is to earn a high-level degree such as a Master of Human Resources (MHR). Additional ways to showcase a high-level of professionalism is to have a resume that lists the following types of qualifications:

  • Several years of experience in jobs, volunteer positions, or internships
  • Certification from one of the following organizations:
    • SHRM: Society for Human Resources Management
    • HRCI: Human Resources Certification Institute

Salaries for Human Resources Managers in Massachusetts

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the salaries of human resources managers in Massachusetts varied a great deal depending on what part of the state they were located in. In 2014, human resources managers in the Framingham metropolitan area had substantially higher average salaries than their colleagues in the rest of the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
60
77100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
3540
123990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
2720
125880
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
90
95840
Framingham MA NECTA Division
220
141550
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
50
101790
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
60
104380
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
40
136290
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
160
127670
New Bedford MA
50
102220
Peabody MA NECTA Division
90
94930
Springfield MA-CT
290
93850
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
40
98020
Worcester MA-CT
250
102420
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
40
95390
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
30
107780

* 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 of higher than this.

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Massachusetts

According to a 2014 analysis conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, HR specialists employed in the Boston and Framingham areas had the highest salaries in the state for this job classification:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
170
63040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
10910
71410
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
8370
73500
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
310
59500
Framingham MA NECTA Division
650
72670
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
170
67360
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
290
55280
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
170
58940
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
410
71660
New Bedford MA
190
54240
Peabody MA NECTA Division
220
57540
Pittsfield MA
90
53690
Springfield MA-CT
1110
62410
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
90
66660
Worcester MA-CT
770
60580
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
60
53260
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
65440

Salaries for Human Resources Assistants in Massachusetts

Human resources assistants who were employed in the Boston and Peabody areas had the highest average salaries in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
80
41100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
2490
48370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
1910
49940
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
90
41920
Framingham MA NECTA Division
120
43030
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
50
41420
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
40
40220
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
40
41410
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
100
46490
New Bedford MA
40
37380
Peabody MA NECTA Division
70
48350
Springfield MA-CT
260
41670
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
30
47010
Worcester MA-CT
200
40140

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