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HR Salary in Washington

As Seattle implements its progressive $15/per hour minimum wage, it has only helped Washington maintain its standing as a state with some of the highest per capita earnings in the nation. Washington’s HR professionals are no exception, and have the distinction of being some of the best paid in the US.

For example, in 2014, the United States Department of Labor released salary publications showing that Washington’s metropolitan district of Seattle-Bellevue-Everett was among the ten highest paying metropolitan areas for human resources specialists nationwide. The Mount Vernon-Anacortes region was also cited as the ninth highest paying metropolitan area for human resources assistants in the country.

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In that same year, human resources workers also benefitted from abundant employment opportunities throughout Washington. In fact, the United States Department of Labor reported:

  • Washington held the fourth highest concentration of human resources specialist jobs in the country
  • The metropolitan section of Olympia, Washington was found to hold the fourth highest concentration of human resources specialist jobs among all other metropolitan areas in the country
  • The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metropolitan division was among the country’s top ten metropolitan areas with the highest employment level of human resources managers

How Experience Impacts HR Salaries in Washington

Salary data collected and publicized by the United States Department of Labor in 2014 revealed that work experience could drastically alter a human resources professional’s salary earning potential in Washington. In fact, evidence suggests that HR employees boasting several years of industry experience could make two to three times that of entry-level positions:

Human resources managers

  • Entry Level: $65,700/yr. or $31.57/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $109,500/yr. or $52.63/hr.
  • Experienced: $171,500/yr. or $82.43/hr.

Human resources specialists

  • Entry Level: $39,300/yr. or $18.89/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $62,000/yr. or $29.80/hr.
  • Experienced: $108,600/yr. or $52.20/hr.

Human resources assistants

  • Entry Level: $26,700/yr. or $12.82/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $39,900/yr. or $19.16/hr.
  • Experienced: $53,800/yr. or $25.85/hr.

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Washington

Salary surveys conducted by the United States Department of Labor conclude that human resources managers working in Washington were paid an average annual salary of $114,830 and an average hourly wage of $55.21 in 2014.

More in-depth studies determined that human resources managers employed in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metropolitan area earned a much greater average annual salary of over $122,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
50
95700
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
40
105670
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
90
111780
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
30
111750
Olympia WA
60
99840
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
2010
122340
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
2180
119620
Spokane WA
170
83350
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
170
87160
Yakima WA
50
97010
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
30
96430
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
40
97220
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
40
91640
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
40
92380

*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.

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Washington

Salary statistics compiled by the United States Department of Labor confirm that human resources specialists located in Washington received an average annual salary of $68,130 and an average hourly wage of $32.75 in 2014.

Regional salary findings in that year indicated that human resources specialists employed in the metropolitan division of Seattle-Bellevue-Everett enjoyed a noticeably higher average annual salary of over $74,600:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
230
52610
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
350
67930
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
340
61960
Longview WA
110
62130
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
120
57930
Olympia WA
600
57600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
7280
74680
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
8170
73150
Spokane WA
580
53320
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
890
60640
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee WA
80
48970
Yakima WA
250
54780
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
110
54370
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
150
52280
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
170
54400
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
200
55640

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Washington

Salary surveys conducted by the United States Department of Labor provide evidence that human resources assistants working in Washington earned an average annual salary of $39,960 and an average hourly wage of $19.21 in 2014.

At that time, human resources assistants practicing in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metropolitan area received a slightly larger average annual salary of over $42,600:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
50
32690
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
140
40750
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
80
38890
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
40
45460
Olympia WA
100
31290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
1180
42620
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
1490
42040
Spokane WA
220
34860
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
310
39810
Yakima WA
90
36480
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
60
36700
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
40
36210
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
40
39920
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
50
38610

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