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HR Salary in Wisconsin

When US News & World Report released its article featuring the “100 Best Jobs for 2015,” human resources specialists ranked among the top fifty occupations. The federal government was able to give credence to this claim when the United States Department of Labor announced that in 2014, the Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan division held the third highest concentration of HR specialist jobs and the fifth highest concentration of HR assistant jobs compared to all other nonmetropolitan areas in the country.

In that same year, the United States Department of Labor reported that many human resources professions have been experiencing above-average employment growth in the Bloomington area. For example, this metropolitan division was discovered to hold:

  • The fourth highest concentration of HR manager jobs among all other metropolitan areas in the country
  • The fifth highest employment level of HR managers among all other metropolitan areas in the country
  • The sixth highest employment level of HR assistants among all other metropolitan areas in the country
  • The seventh highest concentration of HR specialist jobs and the eighth highest employment level of HR specialists among all other metropolitan areas in the country

Salary Ranges for Wisconsin’s Human Resources Professionals

By looking at the United States Department of Labor’s pay ranges for human resources occupations in Wisconsin it becomes quite clear that work experience was a major factor (2014):

Human resources managers

  • Entry Level: $57,100/yr. or $27.45/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $91,900/yr. or $44.20/hr.
  • Experienced: $147,000/yr. or $70.78/hr.

Human resources specialists

  • Entry Level: $33,400/yr. or $16.06/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $52,000/yr. or $25.01/hr.
  • Experienced: $79,900/yr. or $38.40/hr.

Human resources assistants

  • Entry Level: $25,200/yr. or $12.11/hr.
  • Mid-Career: $37,700/yr. or $18.12/hr.
  • Experienced: $50,300/yr. or $24.18/hr.

Human Resources Manager Salaries in Wisconsin

Occupational wage reports compiled by the United States Department of Labor reveal that human resources managers practicing in Wisconsin earned an average annual salary of $98,730 and an average hourly wage of $47.47 in 2014.

However, salary averages can differ widely across the state. For instance, HR mangers employed in Wausau that year took home an average annual salary of over $117,800:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
110
105030
Eau Claire WI
80
97840
Fond du Lac WI
50
82190
Green Bay WI
150
92360
Janesville WI
30
90530
La Crosse WI-MN
40
76630
Madison WI
450
96100
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
900
104740
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
110
101370
Racine WI
50
101720
Sheboygan WI
50
100300
Wausau WI
50
117810
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
150
90180
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
160
73840
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
90
103240
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
40
98660

Human Resources Specialist Salaries in Wisconsin

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor conducted extensive salary studies showing that human resources specialists working in Wisconsin received an average annual salary of $54,670 and an average hourly wage of $26.28.

Regional salary studies showed that human resources specialists employed in the Southwestern nonmetropolitan area of the state were paid an even higher average annual salary closer to $58,000:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
360
52910
Eau Claire WI
210
52230
Fond du Lac WI
140
48930
Green Bay WI
540
52250
Janesville WI
190
56240
La Crosse WI-MN
190
49080
Madison WI
1540
57370
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
3220
57920
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
340
47610
Racine WI
200
51480
Sheboygan WI
140
52780
Wausau WI
190
52070
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
530
51780
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
540
48030
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
310
51920
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
270
57960
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
170
47030

Human Resources Assistant Salaries in Wisconsin

Salary statistics published by the United States Department of Labor reveal how human resources assistants employed throughout Wisconsin earned an average annual salary of $37,890 and an average hourly wage of $18.22 in 2014.

At that time, human resources assistants working in the state’s capital city of Madison were compensated with a more generous average annual salary of over $41,500:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
90
35570
Eau Claire WI
80
38670
Fond du Lac WI
30
38070
Green Bay WI
190
33230
Janesville WI
30
38870
La Crosse WI-MN
60
36840
Madison WI
470
41540
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
810
38980
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
100
34770
Racine WI
50
37430
Sheboygan WI
30
37010
Wausau WI
50
33680
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
100
36340
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
160
35810
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
90
32700
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
90
40140
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
40
32340

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