Oregon’s economy grew significantly between 2009 and 2014 according to Forbes. In fact, the state enjoyed the third highest level of growth in the US during this time period. Forbes’s projected analysis of job growth further reveals that employment gains will be high over the next five years. Strong job growth in general places a premium on the HR professionals that recruit, screen and train a growing workforce, making it an optimal time to find an HR position that pays a good salary.
The US Department of Labor reported that there were 7,460 high-powered HR professionals employed in Oregon as of May 2014. Fully 74% of them were HR specialists while the remaining 26% were HR managers. This is in addition to thousands more HR assistants and generalists.
Beaverton’s own Nike Corporation brings in three times the revenue of the next largest company in the state, and is one of the top employers of skilled professional staff in Western Oregon. Other top local employers that are contributing to rebuilding Oregon’s skilled workforce include: The Clymb, Hydro Flask, Act-On Software, Zapproved and Vacasa.
Both large established companies such as Nike and new start-ups that are rapidly growing require the services of headhunters, training and development specialists, benefits managers and other HR professionals to attract and manage top talent.
Earnings for Oregon’s HR Managers and Specialists
HR managers were the most highly paid of these professionals, with an average salary of $94,990 a year statewide as of May 2014. Those in the top 10% of earners for this occupational classification commanded an average salary of $146,460.
The 5,520 HR specialists who were employed in Oregon in May 2014 earned an average of $58,550 with those in the 90th percentile averaging $90,100 a year. This type of position is considered especially desirable, and US News and World Report rated it as the 11th best type of business position in 2015.
Oregon was home to 1,370 HR assistants in May 2014 with average salaries of $39,650. Those in the top 10% of earners for this job classification earned an average of $53,690.
Human Resources Manager Salaries Throughout Oregon
Not surprisingly, human resources managers employed in the Portland area earned the highest average salaries for this occupational classification statewide (Based on a May 2014 on a US Department of Labor Analysis):
Salaries for Human Resources Specialists in Oregon
According to the US Department of Labor, human resource specialists who were employed in the Portland area had significantly higher salaries than HR specialists in the rest of the state in May 2014:
Oregon Human Resources Assistant Salaries
Human resources assistants in Oregon had the highest salaries when they were employed in Bend according to a US Department of Labor salary analysis for May 2014: