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HR Salary in Pennsylvania

According to an interview in Smart Business with Jim Glassman, the head economist for Chase Commercial Banking, an analysis of recent economic data coming out of Pennsylvania suggests that the state will continue to see strong growth for years to come. Job growth in general always creates competition for the skilled human resources professionals needed to recruit, hire and train the new talent businesses need. And when businesses compete for skilled HR professionals, they invariably start offering higher salaries as a way to attract top talent.

Pennsylvania is home to 52 of the 1,000 largest private and public companies in the US by sales according to Forbes. As of 2014, 190 of the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies had major operations in Pennsylvania, including three from the top 100: Centennial Lending Group, Constructure Management, and Prepay Nation. 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.

Job Growth and Salary Expectations for HR Professionals in Pennsylvania

In 2014, human resources managers in Pennsylvania earned an average salary of $129,070 — $14,930 higher than the national average according to the US Department of Labor. In particular, the Philadelphia area had the third highest salary for HR managers of any metropolitan area in the country at that time.

The average salary of $64,720 for human resources specialists in Pennsylvania was also above the national average. HR specialists in the top 10% of earners for their occupational classification earned $96,900 in 2014.

Pennsylvania has an abundance of jobs for human resources specialists:

  • Pennsylvania had the 5th highest employment level of HR specialists in the country.
  • The Philadelphia area had the 10th highest level of employment for HR specialists of any metropolitan area in the country.
  • The East Central nonmetropolitan area of Pennsylvania had the 3rd highest employment level of HR specialists of any rural area in the country.

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Pennsylvania Cities and Rural Areas

According to a US Department of Labor analysis from 2014, human resources managers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area had the highest average salary in the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
210
126810
Erie PA
40
88740
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
270
108130
Lancaster PA
100
98060
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
1470
151050
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
2030
145740
Pittsburgh PA
640
119530
Reading PA
70
135450
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
80
104820
State College PA
50
101110
York-Hanover PA
80
100410
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
70
116250
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
60
91370
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
40
80640
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
90
102420

*Salaries are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Department of Labor does not report salary data beyond these values.

Salaries for Human Resources Specialists in Pennsylvania

Human resources specialists in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and York-Hanover area had the top earnings within the occupational classification statewide (2014, US Department of Labor):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
1010
61620
Altoona PA
120
56740
Erie PA
360
55410
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
1410
58440
Johnstown PA
140
48070
Lancaster PA
580
55640
Lebanon PA
180
57950
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
7880
71730
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
10660
70510
Pittsburgh PA
3900
61740
Reading PA
590
63460
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
780
59630
State College PA
160
61240
Williamsport PA
150
52070
York-Hanover PA
620
71720
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
360
55630
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
270
51120
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
270
55790
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
600
55360

Human Resources Assistant Salaries Throughout Pennsylvania

The US Department of Labor reported that human resources assistants in Pennsylvania earned the highest average salaries in Lebanon during 2014. HR assistants in the 90th percentile earned the most on average when they were located in Lancaster:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
330
34660
Altoona PA
70
33260
Erie PA
200
33760
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
490
36030
Johnstown PA
80
33570
Lancaster PA
160
40220
Lebanon PA
70
42620
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
2300
38580
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
3330
38760
Pittsburgh PA
1240
36030
Reading PA
200
35610
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
250
39520
State College PA
70
34770
Williamsport PA
40
35630
York-Hanover PA
190
40180
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
150
36150
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
130
33490
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
110
36380
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
280
36110

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