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HR Salary in North Carolina

Forbes named North Carolina the third best state for business in 2014, with an average annual job growth rate of 1.7% between 2013 and 2014. North Carolina is home to such rising stars as Go Energies, Boxman Studios, PresPro and Aseptia, all of which made the top 15 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of top companies.

As companies in North Carolina ramp up hiring, they are increasingly reliant on human resources professionals to recruit, screen and train the best talent available. The increased demand for recruiters, training specialists, compensation managers, labor relations specialists, and other types of high-level HR professionals creates a competitive climate that drives up the salaries these professionals are offered.

Salary Expectations for North Carolina’s HR Professionals

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for the 350 HR managers working in North Carolina was $119,760 in 2014, higher than the national average for this job class.

The action wasn’t just reserved for North Carolina’s major cities, as the Western Central nonmetropolitan part of the state actually showed the third highest average salary for HR managers of any non-metro area in the country as of May 2014.

HR specialists are also very well paid in North Carolina, earning an average of $60,170 as of May 2014. Goldsboro is a particularly good place to find a job as an HR specialist, since it had the 7th highest concentration of HR specialists of any city in the country that year.

Human resources assistants in the Durham-Chapel Hill area are exceptionally well paid. As of 2014:

  • HR assistants there had the 10th highest average salary of any metropolitan area in the country
  • The average salary of an HR assistant in Durham-Chapel Hill was 28.1% higher than the state’s average

Salaries of Human Resources Managers in North Carolina

Human resource manager salaries in North Carolina were exceptionally high in Durham-Chapel Hill according to a 2014 report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average salary for HR managers there was 15.6% higher than what they earned on average statewide:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
90
88610
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
1150
129050
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
350
138470
Fayetteville NC
30
114940
Greensboro-High Point NC
280
117470
Greenville NC
60
112940
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
130
125250
Raleigh-Cary NC
500
114540
Rocky Mount NC
50
109970
Wilmington NC
60
111190
Winston-Salem NC
210
118210
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
90
89940
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
160
94480
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
170
120120
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
90
86950

*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 Specialist Salaries Throughout North Carolina

The average salary for human resources specialists in Durham-Chapel Hill was much higher than the state’s average according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Burlington NC
110
56670
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
3940
62410
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
1160
69430
Fayetteville NC
480
65610
Goldsboro NC
220
54030
Greensboro-High Point NC
1430
58440
Greenville NC
210
53090
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
320
49390
Jacksonville NC
90
56630
Raleigh-Cary NC
2520
58200
Rocky Mount NC
110
53800
Wilmington NC
360
56890
Winston-Salem NC
470
58510
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
270
51120
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
590
49910
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
540
55720
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
330
50120

Salaries for Human Resources Assistants in North Carolina

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries for human resources assistants who were employed throughout North Carolina in May 2014. Such professionals in Durham-Chapel Hill earned a significantly higher average salary than those in other parts of the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
190
34060
Burlington NC
60
33580
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
1070
35510
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
340
45350
Fayetteville NC
310
33470
Goldsboro NC
50
33880
Greensboro-High Point NC
410
35540
Greenville NC
140
33200
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
210
33730
Jacksonville NC
120
33400
Raleigh-Cary NC
650
34320
Rocky Mount NC
90
31480
Wilmington NC
160
35640
Winston-Salem NC
210
36300
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
210
34350
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
380
32540
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
310
36700
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
220
34540

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