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:
*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):
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: