According to Forbes, North Dakota was the second best state in the country for business in 2014. The state enjoyed an extremely high rate of job growth between 2013 and 2014 at 4.4%. In addition to the large number of companies that take advantage of North Dakota’s Bakken shale deposits, the state has six rapidly growing companies that made the Inc. 5000 list in 2014. These include RealTruck.com, Pedigree Technologies, JLG Architects, Discovery Benefits, Evolution1, and Sundog.
As major employers expand their labor force, it creates a demand for the HR professionals needed to recruit, vet and train stellar employees. As companies seek out top-flight HR talent, they compete for such professionals as training specialists, HR managers, compensation managers, and a variety of other high-level HR professionals. This competition leads to increased salary offers for new HR professionals and better retention benefits for existing HR managers and specialists.
What HR Professionals are Earning in North Dakota
Considered the 11th best job in the business world according to US News and World Report, HR specialists in North Dakota earn a very comfortable living. The average salary for an HR specialist in North Dakota was $54,720 in 2014, with those in the top 10% of their profession earning an average of $75,550 that year according to the US Department of Labor.
This US DOL reported that 1,010 HR specialists were employed in North Dakota in May 2014, nearly 23% of which were located in Bismarck.
The two hundred HR managers employed in North Dakota as of 2014 earned an average of $97,540 a year. Those in the 90th percentile averaged $139,400 a year. One quarter of North Dakota’s HR managers were employed in Bismarck that year.
Salaries of Human Resources Managers in Bismarck and Fargo
The US Department of Labor provides the salaries for HR managers in Bismarck and Fargo as of May 2014:
Human Resources Specialist Salaries Throughout North Dakota
According to the US Department of Labor, the average salary was exceptionally high for human resources specialists in the West Central nonmetropolitan area of North Dakota as of May 2014. The average salary for such professionals earning in the 90th percentile was $15,180 higher than the average for this occupational category statewide:
Salaries for Human Resources Assistants in North Dakota
The salaries for human resources assistants in Bismarck and Fargo were higher than the average for North Dakota as a whole as of May 2014 according to the US Department of Labor: