While the federal government is a large employer in New Mexico with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, the state was also home to six rapidly growing Inc. 5000 companies that have been responsible for driving job growth, and by extension, driving demand for HR professionals in the state.
Companies such as InkSoft, Las Ventanas Homes, Spa Enrichment Strategies, and the Burgos Group require talented new employees to help them continue to grow. Both well-established businesses and new start-ups require skilled hiring managers, training specialists, and compensation managers to procure, screen, train and manage a growing workforce.
The need for the best HR professionals in New Mexico creates competition for such professionals and helps to drive up salary offers and improve total benefits packages.
Salary Expectations and Locations of Employment in New Mexico
The 470 HR managers who were employed in New Mexico as of May 2014 earned particularly high salaries. They earned an average of $91,679 that year, with those in the top 10% of their occupational classification earning an average of $140,950 a year.
Both the cities and rural areas of New Mexico can provide good salaries for HR specialists in the state. The average salary of HR specialists in New Mexico was $57,080, and those in the Los Alamos County nonmetropolitan area had the second highest average salary in the country for HR specialists employed in rural areas.
These types of positions are considered particularly desirable, and US News and World Report ranked this field as the 11th best business job in the country in 2015.
Most of New Mexico’s high-level HR professionals are located in Albuquerque. Although the city was only home to 26.7% of New Mexico’s residents as of the 2013 U.S. census, 62.7% of the state’s human resources specialists and 51% of its human resources managers were employed there as of May 2014 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Human Resources Manager Salaries in New Mexico
Human resources managers in Albuquerque earned a higher salary than the average for their professional class in New Mexico as a whole as of May 2014 according to the US Department of Labor:
Salaries for Human Resources Specialists in New Mexico
HR specialists in the Los Alamos County nonmetropolitan area and those in Albuquerque earned salaries higher than the average for their professional class in New Mexico as a whole according to an analysis conducted by the US Department of Labor in May 2014:
New Mexico Human Resources Assistant Salaries
Human resources assistants in Albuquerque had the highest average salary of such professionals in New Mexico as of 2014 according to the US Department of Labor: