Missouri’s economy has been improving dramatically in recent years, and this means more companies are hiring to rebuild their workforce. A Creighton University survey of supply managers cited in the St. Louis Business Journal predicts that the state will see steady job growth through 2015. Economists believe this to be indicative of what can be expected for years to come. This increase in job growth across all industries means companies are relying heavily on their human resources professionals for recruiting, screening, hiring and training a growing number of new employees.
In a growing job market, 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 managers, training specialists, compensation managers, labor relations specialists and more has created a situation where Missouri’s top employers are now competing for top HR talent by improving base salary offers.
Earnings for Missouri’s Human Resources Professionals
More than half of the HR professionals in leadership positions in Missouri were located in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. US Department of Labor statistics indicated that 55.1% of Missouri’s HR managers were employed in the St. Louis area in May 2014, while 52.1% of the state’s HR specialists were employed there.
Reported earnings for human resources managers in Missouri are robust, with an average annual salary of $108,560 as of May 2014 according to the US Department of Labor. HR managers earning in the top 10% for this occupational classification in Missouri made an average annual salary of $169,590 in 2014.
Job growth for human resource specialists is so favorable in Missouri that Forbes ranked it as the 11th best job in business in its 2015 rankings. In May 2014, the US Department of Labor stated that human resources specialists in Missouri earned an average annual salary of $56,280 with those in the 90th percentile earning an average of $87,490.
Salaries for Missouri’s Human Resource Managers
The US Department of Labor presented the salaries for human resources managers employed throughout Missouri in May 2014. These professionals had substantially higher salaries in the St. Louis area:
Missouri Human Resources Specialist Salaries
According to the US Department of Labor, the average annual salary for human resources specialists in Missouri were the highest for professionals located in the St. Louis area (May 2014). The average salary for HR specialists in St. Louis was 8.4% higher than the average for Missouri as a whole:
Human Resources Assistant Salaries Throughout Missouri
A May 2014 analysis conducted by the US Department of Labor revealed that St. Louis based human resources assistants were the highest paid in the state for their occupational classification: