The number of jobs has been increasing in Ohio. Nationwide Insurance’s chief economist in Columbus was quoted in the Akron Beacon Journal in February 2015 as saying that he expects Ohio to add between 70,000 and 80,000 jobs during 2015. This bodes well for growth in Ohio during the next several years. Forbes reported in 2014 that Ohio was home to 45 of the 1,000 largest private and public companies in the U.S., including such stalwarts as Macy’s, Procter & Gamble, and Kroger.
With Ohio’s employment on the upswing and its high concentration of large corporations, companies are finding themselves in the enviable position of being able to grow their workforce. In an effort to seek out the best talent, they rely on HR professionals such as training specialists, HR managers, and other elite HR talent to ensure that they hire the best and brightest employees. This situation creates competition for top-flight HR talent and helps to drive salary increases for these professionals.
HR Professional Salaries and Employment Levels in Ohio
One high-paying HR profession that was favorably rated by US News and World Report as a highly desirable business job is that of human resources specialists. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 17,080 of these professionals were employed in Ohio as of May 2014. Their average salary was $57,350 with those in the 90th percentile earning an average of $89,520.
Another desirable HR position in Ohio is that of human resources managers. Ohio is a good state to find this type of job, since it had the 5th highest employment level for HR managers in the country in 2014. The average salary for an HR manager in Ohio was $105,270, with those in the top 10% of their occupational category earning an average of $160,070 a year.
An additional 4,520 people worked as HR assistants in Ohio in May 2014. These professionals earned an average of $37,250 a year with those in the top 10% of their profession earning $49,470 a year on average.
Human Resources Manager Salaries Throughout Ohio
The US Department of Labor reported that human resources managers in Columbus had the highest average salary as of May 2014:
Ohio Human Resources Specialist Salaries
Salary data from the US Department of Labor indicated that human resources specialists in Dayton had the highest average salary as of May 2014:
Salaries for Human Resources Assistants in Ohio
Human resources assistants in Columbus had the highest average salary of those in Ohio as of May 2014 according to data from the US Department of Labor. Those in the top 10% of their profession in the Canton and Cincinnati areas, and the nonmetropolitan area of West Northwestern Ohio earned more than $53,300 a year: