On top of Vermont’s record-low unemployment rate, the state is home to five companies on the Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing corporations in America. Among them, Burlington’s iMarket solutions brings in $4.8 million to the state annually, and has seen 53 percent growth over the course of 2019, while Resonance, in the same city, has achieved a crackling 180 percent growth rate and brought in $14.6 million.<!- mfunc feat_school ->
HR Careers Offer Job Security In Any Economic Climate
The state employment forecast overall faces challenges, however… with a declining and aging population, it ranks near the bottom of Forbes’ projections for economic climate and business prospects.
That only makes human resources positions more important, however. With a tightening labor market, competition for skilled workers becomes more cutthroat than ever, and having the right HR person in place to handle recruitment, benefits, and more, can make all the difference in landing the right candidates for the jobs that remain.
Because HR is so critical in a wavering job market, you’ll find HR salaries among the last to take a hit even in tough times. Managers here routinely make six-figure salaries in the top 25 percent of the profession, as do several specialist roles that are in particular demand. Finding a high salary in human resources in Vermont involves having the right education and experience, but also choosing the right job role to line up with employer demand.
Human Resources Manager Salaries in Vermont
Landing a lucrative position in HR management typically involves having not only experience and expertise in the role, but also having earned a master’s degree in the field along the way. With only around 350 management roles in human resources scattered across the entire state, competition is fierce and an excellent academic and work record is a must to command top-dollar in the field.
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Burlington training and development managers comfortably beat the field in median salary, bringing in $98,910 versus the state average of only $80,640.
Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Vermont
Although highly-educated managers earn the highest salaries in the state, there can be many advantages to picking the right staff-level position in HR in Vermont instead. Certain roles, such as labor relations and training development specialists, can also bring in six-figure salaries in the top ten percent of the profession, and there are considerably more job openings available. The northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area, for instance, has the second highest concentration of HR specialist jobs of any non-metro area in the country.
These are the employment levels and wage levels available to HR specialists and assistants in Burlington:
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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_vt.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 Vermont Department of Labor 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.