Nebraska is known for being a business friendly state. With leading economic indicators rising during each of the first three months of 2015, Forbes ranked the state as having the second best economic climate in the nation. Economists interpret this rise as boding well for job growth through 2015, driving demand for the HR professionals that recruit, vet and train the growing workforce.
Increasing levels of economic growth provide a favorable climate for businesses to hire workers, and subsequently they will need the services of human resources professionals to help them recruit the best talent.
Highly paid HR positions include human resources managers and human resources specialists. In Nebraska, nearly two-thirds of these professionals are located in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 61.6% of Nebraska’s HR specialists were employed in this area in May 2014, while 60.4% of the state’s HR managers were located there.
Human resources managers in Nebraska commanded average salaries of $111,950 a year in May 2014, while those in the top 10% of their field earned an average of $169,910. Five hundred and thirty of these professionals were employed in Nebraska at that time.
In contrast, 3,150 human resources specialists worked in Nebraska in May 2014. They earned an average salary of $53,790 with those in the 90th percentile earning an average of $80,890 that year.
Obtaining a Higher Salary as an HR Professional in Nebraska
In 2015, the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council highlighted Fortune 5000 companies in the state that by definition have demonstrated high rates of growth in revenue over a thee-year period. They featured HudL, Complete Nutrition, and Headwind Consumer Products as leading companies in Nebraska.
Companies such as these rely on high-level HR professionals to help recruit new talent as they ramp up their hiring. Typically, these companies advertise widely to find their new HR professionals and are flooded with applications.
One way to stand out in a competitive field is to earn an advanced degree such as a Master of Human Resources (MHR). Having an impressive resume with certifications such as those from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) or the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) will also help candidates to stand out.
Additionally, applicants can demonstrate their experience by listing several years of work, intern, or volunteer experience.
Salaries for Human Resources Managers in Nebraska
According to a May 2014 analysis conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salaries for human resources managers earning in the 90th percentile of their profession topped $182,000 for those employed in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area:
Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Nebraska
In May 2014, the salaries for human resources specialists in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area were higher than the state’s average according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Salaries for Human Resources Assistants Throughout Nebraska
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that human resources assistants in the Omaha-Council Bluffs and Northeastern nonmetropolitan areas earned salaries higher than the state’s average as of May 2014: