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How Much Does a Senior Human Resources Specialist Earn In The United States?

Senior Human Resources Specialist Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$71,000
$51,000
$71,000
$98,000
The average senior human resources specialist makes about $71,561 per year. That's $34.4 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $51,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $98,000. Many of senior human resources specialists seem to be drawn to technology and health care companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case senior human resources specialists tend to work at energy, technology, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Virginia, New York and Connecticut pay senior human resources specialists the highest salaries.
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Where Senior Human Resources Specialists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where senior human resources specialists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Senior Human Resources Specialists Earn In Different Cities?

While a senior human resources specialist can average a salary of $71,561 per year, or $34.4 per hour, there are many opportunities for senior human resources specialists to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $112,789 per year. Other high-paying locations include McLean, VA, Glen Cove, NY and Gaithersburg, MD. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $67,000. The highest paying states for senior human resources specialists include Virginia, New York and Connecticut. Meanwhile, Hawaii, Florida, and Utah offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Washington, DC

Salary Range86k - 147k$113k$112,789

McLean, VA

Salary Range75k - 128k$98k$98,398

Glen Cove, NY

Salary Range70k - 122k$93k$92,710

Gaithersburg, MD

Salary Range63k - 108k$83k$82,928

Boston, MA

Salary Range58k - 102k$78k$77,585

Teaneck, NJ

Salary Range58k - 102k$77k$77,488

Alameda, CA

Salary Range54k - 95k$72k$71,810

Morrisville, NC

Salary Range54k - 93k$72k$71,612

Atlanta, GA

Salary Range51k - 90k$68k$68,106

El Paso, TX

Salary Range50k - 87k$67k$66,689
$46k
$147k

High Paying Senior Human Resources Specialist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Senior Human Resources Specialists The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a senior human resources specialist, being employed by a company such as Amazon.com or Target would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Merck & Co. and Cognizant also report highly competitive salaries for senior human resources specialists.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Amazon.com
Salary Range90k - 108k$99k$99,179
Target
Salary Range84k - 99k$91k$91,413
Merck & Co.
Salary Range83k - 96k$90k$89,777
Cognizant
Salary Range83k - 94k$89k$88,791
Reinsurance Group of America
Salary Range83k - 92k$88k$87,881
AbbVie
Salary Range80k - 92k$87k$86,507
WGL Holdings
Salary Range81k - 90k$86k$85,743
Northwell Health
Salary Range78k - 93k$86k$85,709
Tenet Healthcare
Salary Range78k - 92k$85k$85,171
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Salary Range77k - 92k$85k$84,883
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$108k

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Senior Human Resources Specialist Salary History

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    How Much Do Senior Human Resources Specialists Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a senior human resources specialist can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for senior human resources specialists tend to be found in energy, technology, and health care companies. In fact, senior human resources specialists can make a yearly salary of $90,323 while working for energy companies.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Energy

    Salary Range81k - 99k$90k$90,323

    Technology

    Salary Range80k - 95k$88k$87,502

    Health Care

    Salary Range77k - 96k$87k$86,741

    Retail

    Salary Range78k - 92k$86k$85,627

    Government

    Salary Range71k - 93k$82k$81,617

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range69k - 86k$78k$77,916

    Professional

    Salary Range64k - 87k$75k$75,129
    $63k
    $99k

    Recently Added Senior Human Resources Specialist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Human Resource Specialist Senior
    Human Resource Specialist Senior
    Human Resource Specialist Senior
    Idaho Falls, ID
    Idaho Falls, ID
    12/23/2020
    12/23/2020
    $55,306
    $55,306
    12/23/2020
    HR Compliance Specialist-State Prog Admin SR
    HR Compliance Specialist-State Prog Admin SR
    Saint Paul, MN
    Saint Paul, MN
    12/12/2020
    12/12/2020
    $50,174
    $50,174
    12/12/2020
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Human Resource Specialist, Senior
    Human Resource Specialist, Senior
    Human Resource Specialist, Senior
    Boise, ID
    Boise, ID
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $51,716
    $51,716
    10/29/2020
    Senior HR Specialist
    Senior HR Specialist
    San Fernando, CA
    San Fernando, CA
    09/16/2020
    09/16/2020
    $70,228
    $70,228
    09/16/2020
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Senior Human Resource Specialist
    Senior Human Resource Specialist
    Senior Human Resource Specialist
    Boise, ID
    Boise, ID
    07/18/2020
    07/18/2020
    $55,306
    $55,306
    07/18/2020
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Human Resources Specialist (Senior Regional Human Resource Specialist)
    Human Resources Specialist (Senior Regional Human Resource Specialist)
    Human Resources Specialist (Senior Regional Human Resource Specialist)
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    05/21/2020
    05/21/2020
    $109,088
    $109,088
    05/21/2020
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Human Resource Specialist, Senior
    Human Resource Specialist, Senior
    Human Resource Specialist, Senior
    Boise, ID
    Boise, ID
    05/14/2020
    05/14/2020
    $59,104
    $59,104
    05/14/2020
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Human Resources Specialist (Senior Human Resources Specialist)
    Human Resources Specialist (Senior Human Resources Specialist)
    Human Resources Specialist (Senior Human Resources Specialist)
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Grand Prairie, TX
    04/21/2020
    04/21/2020
    $108,170
    $108,170
    04/21/2020
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Idaho Division of Human Resources
    Human Resources Specialist, Senior
    Human Resources Specialist, Senior
    Human Resources Specialist, Senior
    Boise, ID
    Boise, ID
    03/05/2020
    03/05/2020
    $55,222
    $55,222
    03/05/2020
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
    Human Resources Specialist Recruitment & Performance Management (Senior Human Resource Specialist)
    Human Resources Specialist Recruitment & Performance Management (Senior Human Resource Specialist)
    Human Resources Specialist Recruitment & Performance Management (Senior Human Resource Specialist)
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    03/04/2020
    03/04/2020
    $112,930
    $112,930
    03/04/2020