Michigan’s economy is on the rebound, and according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment levels increased in 9 of the 10 largest counties in the state between December 2012 and December 2013. With this trend expected to continue, companies are rebuilding their work forces.
As companies such as General Motors and Delphi Thermal Systems ramp up their hiring and seek out the most talented employees, they are hiring a growing number of human resources professionals to help them acquire the most qualified employees. More hiring effectively increases the competition for skilled recruiters, hiring managers, labor relations specialists, and other HR professionals, which drives up the base salaries available to top HR talent.
Earnings and Employment Concentration for HR Professionals in Michigan
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the average salary for HR managers in Michigan was $97,390 as of May 2014, while those in the 90th salary percentile earned an average of $152,840.
In addition to finding employment in Michigan’s cities, rural areas in the state also offer a source of employment opportunities for these HR professionals. In fact, the balance of the lower peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area had the second highest level of employment of HR managers of any rural area in the country as of May 2014.
Additional high-paying HR positions in Michigan include that of human resources specialists. More than 12,200 people were employed as HR specialists in Michigan as of May 2014 according to the BLS. Their average annual salary was $57,480, with those in the 90th percentile earning an average of $85,620 a year.
Salaries for Human Resources Managers in Michigan
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a high level of detail on the salaries of human resources managers in Michigan as of 2014.
Those in the Detroit metropolitan area had the highest average salary, with those in the 90th percentile earning an average salary of more than $172,000 a year in Jackson and the Detroit area:
Salaries for Human Resources Specialists in Michigan
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources specialists in Ann Arbor had the highest average salary for their occupational classification statewide as of 2014.
The average salary for human resources specialists earning in the 90th percentile was the highest for professionals located in Bay City:
Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Michigan
Human resources assistants in Michigan in Ann Arbor had the highest average salary for their occupational class statewide as of May 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Those earning in the 90th percentile in the Grand Rapids area earned salaries 19.1% higher than the average in their professional class for Michigan as a whole: