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:
*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):
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: