HR Salary in Montana

Montana is home to some of the most rapidly growing companies in the U.S., including 11 that made the Inc. 5000 list for 2019:

  • LumanAd
  • XY Planning Network
  • Stone Glacier
  • Energy 1
  • Yellowstone Health & Rehab
  • CommonFont
  • Foundant Technologies
  • Health & Rehab Solutions
  • Submittable
  • Advanced Electronic Designs
  • Golden Helix

Rapidly growing companies need to acquire talented new employees to fuel their growth. This places a premium on HR professionals such as human resources managers, training specialists, and compensation managers who work to ensure that these companies hire the best talent Montana has to offer. As companies compete for talented HR professionals, they raise the bar for initial salary offers and retention benefits.

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Human Resources Management Salaries in Montana

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), HR managers in Montana earn an annual median salary of $92,140 and a top salary (90th percentile) of $131,610.

A closer look at what these professionals earn at all levels in Montana’s largest metro areas is available in the following table:

Billings

HR managers in the Billings metro area earn a median annual salary of $95,980, which is slightly higher than the state median salary of $92,140 for these professionals.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Managers
70
46.15

 

Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries Throughout Montana

HR specialists in Montana earn average salaries in the mid-$50,000s, in most cases. For example, labor relations specialists earn a median salary of $57,160, while training and development specialists earn a median salary of $55,640.

The following tables provide a closer look at what HR specialists and assistants earn in Montana’s largest metro areas:

Great Falls

While state median salaries for HR specialists usually fall in the mid-$50,000s, the median salary for these professionals in the Great Falls metro area is about $10,000 lower.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Specialists
120
21.63
Training and Development Specialists
70
23.75

 

Billings

The highest earners among Billings’ HR specialist professions are compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists, who earn a median salary of $56,290.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Specialists
370
25.69
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
40
27.06
Training and Development Specialists
180
26.70
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
60
17.93

 

Missoula

Missoula’s training and development specialists earn about $14,000 more at the median level than HR specialists – $55,040 vs. $41,100.

Occupation
Employment
Hourly median wage
Human Resources Specialists
230
19.76
Training and Development Specialists
90
26.46

 

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_mt.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 December 2019.

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