HR Salary in Michigan

Thanks to an economy on the rebound (As of September 2019, the state has added about 575,000 jobs since a December 2009 low of 4.178 million jobs.), Michigan is a hot bed not just for careers in the major automotive and advanced manufacturing industries, but in the human resources field, as well.

So, it comes as no surprise that both human resources specialists and training and development specialists both made the 2019 Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget’s “Michigan Hot 50” – a list of the state’s high-demand, high-wage careers.

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Human Resources Management Salaries in Michigan

Careers in human resources management in Michigan are generally reserved for those pros with an advanced level of education and plenty of years of experience. HR management professionals, who typically hold a Master of Human Resources or similar degree, enjoy the highest salaries in Michigan. In fact, these HR professionals enjoy six-figure salaries at the median level across the board:

  • Compensation and benefits managers: $118,200
  • Human resources managers: $103,390
  • Training and development managers: $106,250

A closer look at what these senior-level HR professionals earn in Michigan’s largest metro areas of Detroit and Grand Rapids is available in the following tables:

Detroit

Human resources management professionals enjoy salaries in the Detroit metro area that often surpass the state averages. For example, human resources managers here earn a median salary of $111,640, which is about $8,000 more than the state median salary for this profession.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
160
58.38
Human Resources Managers
1950
53.67
Training and Development Managers
430
52.12

 

Grand Rapids

Compensation and benefits managers in the Grand Rapids metro area are the highest earners, with a median salary of $124,070 – that’s higher than their counterparts in the Detroit metro region, who earn a median salary of $121,440 and more than the state median salary of $118,200.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
30
59.65
Human Resources Managers
520
44.52
Training and Development Managers
40
47.73

 

Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Michigan

HR specialists and assistants in Michigan boast salaries that are competitive with the national average and even surpass the national average, in some cases. For example, labor relations specialists in Michigan earn a median salary of $68,010, which is about $5,000 more than the national median salary for this profession.

The following tables provide a closer look at what HR specialists and assistants can expect to earn in Michigan’s largest metro areas of Detroit and Grand Rapids:

Detroit

The top earners among Detroit’s HR specialists and assistants are labor relations specialists, who earn a median salary of $74,800, which is much higher than their counterparts in the Grand Rapids metro area, who earn a median salary of $49,060.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Specialists
8270
29.21
Labor Relations Specialists
1950
35.96
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
1030
29.94
Training and Development Specialists
3060
30.76
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
1370
17.57

 

Grand Rapids

Most HR specialists in the Grand Rapids metro area enjoy average salaries that hover in the $50,000 range. For example, human resources specialists here earn a median salary of $49,600, while training and development specialists earn a median salary of $53,800.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Specialists
2440
23.84
Labor Relations Specialists
150
23.59
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
340
26.62
Training and Development Specialists
830
25.86
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
470
17.25

 

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_mi.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.

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