According to the Wyoming Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, bumps in oil production have been boosting state incomes through 2019. With Forbes estimating that the cost of doing business in the state is around 3 percent below the national average, that has turned into a profitable state of affairs for one of the state’s major industries, with crossover effects for many employers in the state.
HR professionals benefit from that business-friendly environment as well. As labor demand increases, so does pressure on corporations to minimize their hiring costs and increase their retention rates… tasks that take talented, well-educated, and professional human resources staff and managers.
Between natural resource extraction and tourism, the HR landscape in Wyoming represents extremely varied ground for professionals looking for positions here. But one thing those industries have in common is a strong need for top-talent, and they are willing to pay to get the HR team that can make it happen.
Salary Ranges for Wyoming’s HR Professionals
Although it’s a sparsely populated state, Wyoming has a relatively high median income, over $60,000 annually. Nearly every HR specialist and manager role in the state comes in above that median, however, and in the top ten percent can make over $90,000 annually.
Together with the fantastic quality-of-life that residence in the Cowboy State has to offer, that puts human resources professionals here on easy street.
Human Resources Manager Salaries in Wyoming
Managers, with higher educational qualifications—typically a master’s degree—earn the most of any HR professionals in the state, but there are only 160 positions statewide currently, making competition stiff for those lucrative jobs. With a 7.7 percent increase through 2026, however, demand is increasing, and new positions will be opening up for individuals with the right qualifications.
Cheyenne is the largest single metropolitan job market in the state for HR management roles.
Human Resources Specialist and Assistant Salaries in Wyoming
HR staff throughout Wyoming enjoy not only strong salaries, but also interesting and varied working environments. Training and development specialists are especially well-represented across the state, with nearly 400 positions in 2018.
These are the employment levels and salary rates for HR specialist and assistant positions in Cheyenne as of 2018:
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_wy.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 Wyoming Department of Workforce Services 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.