HR Salary in New Jersey

Inc. Magazine showed 128 businesses from New Jersey making the grade for its annual Inc. 5000 list for the fastest-growing private businesses in the country for 2019. Five of those were in the top 20, and one, Bear Mattress of Hoboken, came in at number seven overall.

It’s a list that shows a healthy environment for HR professionals looking for high-paying jobs, a theory borne out in 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which puts the state right at the top of the nation for top-paying human resource manager positions. When you add in the fact that it comes in fifth overall for pay for HR specialists, and that the Newark-New York area has the highest concentration of both roles in the country, you start to get some idea why New Jersey might be a perfect place to start a career in HR.

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Salaries for New Jersey’s Human Resources Professionals

In addition to coming in first for human resource manager salaries in the nation (with a mean annual wage of $169,040), New Jersey also comes in at the front of the pack for compensation and benefits managers and comes in fifth for training and development specialists.

In fact, specialists and assistants around the state tend to beat the national median wages, and also do better than average at the top 25 percent and top 10 percent of the profession. HR specialists, for example, make $117,270 in the top ten percent of New Jersey workers in that position, while nationally the number tops out at $104,390.

Salaries for Human Resources Managers Throughout New Jersey

Although the area around Newark and Jersey City has both a high concentration and top pay rates for most HR managers, it’s not the only place in the state where you can make a great career in the field. Even little Trenton comes in at the number three spot in the country for highest mean annual wages according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Newark-Jersey City

On New York’s doorstep, it’s to be expected that both employment numbers and salaries in Newark and Jersey City benefit from proximity to the nation’s unquestioned business capitol.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
1550
169380
Human Resources Managers
11120
162010
Training and Development Managers
3510
161750

 

Camden

Camden HR managers get overflow demand—and higher than average wages—from the thriving Philadelphia-area market.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
280
159980
Human Resources Managers
2700
146270
Training and Development Managers
700
134060

 

Salaries for Human Resources Specialists and Assistants in New Jersey

HR specialists and assistants of every stripe earn higher wages and enjoy better than average employment prospects than their counterparts nationally.

Newark-Jersey City

Human resources assistants in the Newark area have a median wage that is roughly $5,000 higher per year than the national median for this profession, while HR specialists here are the sixth-best compensated in the nation.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Human Resources Specialists
44190
78630
Labor Relations Specialists
8140
100500
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
7970
83260
Training and Development Specialists
20780
74010
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
10240
46230

 

Camden

Camden HR specialists can expect a salary in the top ten percent that is about $3,000 over the national average at that level.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Human Resources Specialists
13920
72650
Labor Relations Specialists
2280
99670
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
1760
78880
Training and Development Specialists
5310
72730
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
2570
43080

 

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_nj.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 ## Department of Labor and Workforce Development 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 October 2019.

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