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HR Salary in New York

In 2014, Forbes rated New York as having the third best economic climate in the country, playing a host to corporate headquarters for a full 10% of the country’s 1000 largest companies. New York is also home to some of the most influential start-ups and rapidly growing companies actively seeking top talent as they expand operations.

Among these are 335 companies that made the Inc. 5000 list for 2014. The list showed the tech sector to be among the fastest growing in the state and included such notable companies as Centric Digital, ReviMedia, Adore Me, and Crowdtap.

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Both large established companies and rapidly growing start-ups rely heavily on recruiters, hiring managers, training specialists, labor relations managers and other HR professionals as they bring new talent aboard. In New York’s strong job market, competition for the skilled HR professionals needed to recruit, screen and train a growing workforce has led to a virtual bidding war for top HR talent. This has resulted in much higher salary offers than have been seen in the past.

Salary Expectations and Job Growth Projections for New York’s HR Professionals

Both HR managers and HR specialists in New York State had the fourth highest average salary in the country as of May 2014 according to the US Department of Labor.

In May 2014, there were 29,000 HR specialists employed in the state. Because of this, the US Department of Labor rated New York State as having the 3rd highest level of employment in the country for this occupational classification.

The New York-White Plains-Wayne metropolitan area has proved to be a particularly good area in which to work as an HR professional:

HR Managers:

  • It had the highest level of employment for HR managers of any metropolitan area in the country
  • HR managers in the New York City area had the 8th highest average salary of any metropolitan area in the country

HR Specialists:

  • New York City had the highest employment level for this professional classification of any city in the country as of May 2014
  • In May 2014, there were 20,860 HR specialists employed in New York City

Salaries for Human Resources Managers in New York

Human resources managers in the New York-White Plains-Wayne metropolitan area earned the highest average salary in the state as of May 2014 according to the US Department of Labor:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
550
94170
Binghamton NY
40
97450
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY
350
102000
Ithaca NY
40
136580
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division
660
137000
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
10370
144850
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
7630
143820
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY
160
121730
Rochester NY
320
116600
Syracuse NY
170
114820
Utica-Rome NY
60
104680
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
60
86370
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
50
106480
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
90
95000

*Salaries are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Department of Labor does not provide detail on salaries that exceed these values.

Human Resources Specialists Salaries in New York

The US Department of Labor reported that the best paid human resources specialists in the state worked in the Poughkeepsie area as of May 2014. Still, the highest average salary for HR specialists was in the New York City area that year:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
1200
67400
Binghamton NY
230
52870
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY
1590
60360
Elmira NY
70
55790
Glens Falls NY
70
57260
Ithaca NY
200
69830
Kingston NY
100
62200
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division
2970
69110
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
29910
71970
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
20860
73220
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY
680
70110
Rochester NY
1560
64210
Syracuse NY
850
60000
Utica-Rome NY
260
55780
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
310
56690
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
50
65450
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
260
54990
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
400
53220

Salaries of Human Resources Assistants in New York

According to the US Department of Labor, human resources assistants in Glen Falls who earned in the top 10% of their profession had an exceptionally high salary as compared to the rest of the state as of May 2014. HR assistants in the New York City area earned the highest average salary:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
490
39400
Binghamton NY
110
35090
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY
600
35850
Elmira NY
40
39330
Glens Falls NY
40
38870
Ithaca NY
100
46470
Kingston NY
40
36390
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division
1290
44290
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
8660
41470
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
5070
41550
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY
230
41180
Rochester NY
670
36780
Syracuse NY
360
38140
Utica-Rome NY
190
34640
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
250
36560
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
120
34210
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
220
36600

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