HR Salary in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office projected an increase in real GDP for 2019 and 2020 of almost 2 percent per year, continuing the health expansion that has been boosting HR professional prospects in the Keystone State since 2009. Job growth in general always creates competition for the skilled human resources professionals needed to recruit, hire and train the new talent businesses need.

Pennsylvania is home to the sixth-largest economy in the U.S. and hosts 44 of the 1,000 largest public and private companies in the country according to Forbes.

As of 2019, nearly 200 of the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies had major operations in Pennsylvania, including three from the top 100: Perpay, Netizen, and Patton Warehousing. These are also among the companies driving much of the demand for the recruiting specialists, hiring managers, training and development staff and other HR professionals required to support a large labor force.

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Job Growth and Salary Expectations for HR Professionals in Pennsylvania

When businesses compete for skilled HR professionals, they invariably start offering higher salaries as a way to attract top talent.

In fact, this already appears to be occurring, with IFO projections estimating that wages and salaries in the state will be bumping up by 4 percent year-over-year… a healthy boost over the rate of inflation in the state.

With growth in all HR specialty roles coming in north of 7 percent in all but a few areas, anyone hunting for a job in the field in the next few years is sure to benefit from the trend.

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Pennsylvania Cities and Rural Areas

Managers in Pennsylvania command the highest salaries of all HR professionals in the state, and some of the highest in the country. Compensation and benefits managers, for example, break the bank on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data for 2018, literally off the charts at over $208,000 per year in the highest percentile.

The specific numbers and employment levels vary considerably from region to region within the state, however. Some of the top urban areas include:

Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the fifth highest paying metropolitan areas for human resource managers in the nation.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
280
159980
Human Resources Managers
2700
146270
Training and Development Managers
700
134060

 

Pittsburgh

Pittsburg HR managers in all areas pull in six figures at the median.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
70
115680
Human Resources Managers
980
121140
Training and Development Managers
200
114300

 

Harrisburg

Compensation and benefits managers in Harrisburg are far fewer in number than their counterparts in Pittsburg, but command a substantially higher salary in the top ten percent.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Compensation and Benefits Managers
40
130060
Human Resources Managers
280
120770
Training and Development Managers
50
108550

 

Salaries for Human Resources Specialists and Assistants in Pennsylvania

Both human resources specialists and compensation and benefits analysts are expected to enjoy faster than average rates of growth in Pennsylvania through 2026. Annually, the two positions combined will have more than 2,500 openings, a combination of new job creation and turnover in existing positions.

The state is also the fifth best in the nation for labor relation specialist salaries according to BLS, and has the fifth highest employment level overall for HR specialists.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a lot of great opportunities for HR specialists of every stripe, but labor relations specialists make considerably more here at every level than in any other region of the state.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Human Resources Specialists
13920
72650
Labor Relations Specialists
2280
99670
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
1760
78880
Training and Development Specialists
5310
72730
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
2570
43080

 

Pittsburgh

These are the employment and wage statistics for HR professionals working in Pittsburgh in line staff roles as of 2018.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Human Resources Specialists
4460
64370
Labor Relations Specialists
870
59610
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
590
66020
Training and Development Specialists
1730
61970
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
840
40190

 

Harrisburg

Compensation and benefits analysts are the only HR specialists in Harrisburg with any hope of breaking the six-figure income mark, but they do it in a big way in the top ten percent of the profession, pulling in the highest salaries in the state for the role at $117,510.

 

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Human Resources Specialists
1690
61430
Labor Relations Specialists
530
67160
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
310
80300
Training and Development Specialists
740
67230
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
290
40530

 

Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2018 for human resources managers, specialists, and assistants – https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_pa.htm#11-9111. The BLS salary data shown here represents median – 90th percentile salary ranges for the state and its MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries.

Job growth projections sourced from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

All salary and job growth data accessed in October 2019.

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