Missouri’s major employers with corporate offices and operations in Missouri like Walmart, Boeing, Schnuck Markets, and Cerner Corporation rely on the services of human resources professionals to keep them staffed with top talent. This demand for skilled human resources professionals is clear when examining salaries and job projections for these professionals.
For example, the number of HR managers in Missouri is projected to increase by 9.5 percent between 2016 and 2026, rising from 1,900 to 2,080.
Human Resources Management Salaries in Missouri
Human resources management professionals in Missouri earn in the six figures at the median level, in all cases. For example, compensation and benefits managers earn a median salary of $119,560, while human resources managers earn a median salary of $106,570.
These salaries are commensurate with the advanced levels of education and experience these pros usually possess. For example, master’s degrees in human resources are commonplace among human resources management professionals, as are extensive experience and professional certification.
A closer look at what these professionals earn at all levels in Missouri’s largest metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City is available in the following tables:
HR management professionals in St. Louis often earn salaries that surpass the state average. For example, training and development managers here earn a median salary of $111,120, which is about $7,000 more than the state average for this profession.
The top earners among Kansas City’s HR management professionals are compensation and benefits managers, who earn a median salary of $115,630 and a top (90th percentile) salary of $164,720.
Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Missouri
Human resources specialists in Missouri earn average salaries in the upper $50,000s, in most cases. For example, human resources specialists earn a median salary of $55,700, while labor relations specialists earn a median salary of $59,140.
The following tables provide a closer look at what HR specialists and assistants are earning in Missouri’s largest metro areas of St. Louis and Kansas City:
The top earners among St. Louis’ HR specialists and assistants are training and development specialists, who earn a median salary of $61,870, followed closely by human resources specialists, who earn a median salary of $61,700.
Labor relations specialists in the Kansas City metro area earn the highest median salary among HR specialist and assistants, at $77,100, which tops the state median salary by about $18,000.
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_mo.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.
Job growth projections sourced from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
All salary and job growth data accessed in September 2019.