Human Resources Department

​​Within the City of Salem, employees enjoy a productive, supportive, service-oriented work environment. We recognize that we are public employees, but we also know that enjoying our work, our colleagues, and our community make us more effective at serving the community.

Salem seeks to hire talented, passionate, and creative professionals who represent the diversity of our community and align with our core values.

The Human Resources (HR) department works closely with other City departments to facilitate the recruitment and selection process for any open positions throughout the organization.

In addition, HR is responsible for the following:

  • Establishing employee classification and compensation levels
  • Coordinating city-wide training efforts
  • Developing personnel policies
  • Resolving conflicts


HR has the overall responsibility for managing activity of the City. This includes the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the on-going administration of employee relations, and labor-management issues. Together with the employees and our labor partners, we work to achieve collaborative and effective labor relations.

Additional information regarding pay plans and labor contracts is available by selecting the following link Pay Plans and Labor Contracts.


Salem offers career employees a generous benefits package. Benefit packages are specific for each represented and unrepresented employee.

If you are interested in learning more about benefits offered for each employee group, visit the City of Salem Jobs page and select the sub-category benefits by employee group, to see a complete list of the employee groups within our organization. Select the employee group that meets the criteria you are interested in obtaining.

Risk Management

The City of Salem's Risk Management Division is dedicated to providing services to help minimize the potential risks of loss and support the City's organizational goals. We aim to create a safe environment that protects the City's citizens, employees and resources.

The Risk Management Division is made up of a team of experienced professionals who serve as a resource for all of the City's departments and the public. The City is self-insured for a large portion of its workers compensation, liability and property programs. Loss prevention, claims administration and risk retention/transfer are managed by our Risk Management team.

To report an incident or injury, fill out the online Incident Reporting Form or call 503-588-6162 ext.2.

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Human Resources Department
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
295 Church ST SE Suite 210
Salem OR 97301