Salary Range for a HR Recruiter

HR recruiters select, interview and hire qualified applicants for jobs.
HR recruiters select, interview and hire qualified applicants for jobs. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Human Resources (HR) recruiters work in small businesses, corporations, hospitals and retail establishments. They primarily locate, select, interview and hire qualified applicants for jobs. HR recruiters often help hiring managers determine the average starting salaries for employees in various positions. They may study industry data for salary; or find average salaries that competitors pay. HR recruiters also help new hires complete their tax withholding and other documents when they are hired. These professionals usually earn annual salaries.

Annual Median Salary

HR recruiters earned annual median salaries of $45,470 in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The middle 50 percent of HR recruiters earned median salaries ranging between $35,020 and $63,110 per year. The top 10 percent earned in excess of $85,760 per year and the lowest 10 percent earned under $28,030 per year.

Average Salary by Industry

The best paid HR recruiters are those working in the coal mining industry, who averaged salaries of $89,940 per year as of 2008, according to the BLS. The U.S. postal service paid an average salary of $89,390 annually. Both industries only employed 40 HR recruiters each. HR Recruiters working in the furniture and home furnishings wholesale industry earned salaries of $87,120 per year, and those employed by computer and peripheral equipment manufacturers earned annual salaries of $81,720. HR Recruiters working in radio and television broadcasting earned average salaries of $76,720 per year.

Average Salary by State

HR recruiters' salaries vary significantly by the states in which they work. The highest annual salaries were paid in Massachusetts at $65,710 on average, according to the BLS. New York paid average salaries of $65,180 per year, New Jersey $64,740 and Connecticut $62,340. The average annual salaries were $62,110 in California.

Average Salary by Metropolitan Area

HR recruiters earned their highest average annual salaries in the metropolitan area of San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California, at $84,810, according to the BLS. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California, area was second at $83,260 per year and the Racine, Wisconsin, area was third with salaries of $81,540 per year. HR recruiters earned average salaries of $81,210 per year in the Barnstable Town, Massachusetts. Those in the Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey, earned salaries of $70,710 annually.

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