Wage Trends by Industry

Every industry goes through ups and downs. How are your industry's pay practices changing and how do they compare with others? See which industries have seen the biggest increases and declines in wage levels for jobs.

Rank Industry Q3 2016 Year-Over-Year
Percentage Change in Pay
1 Food Services & Accommodation 3.6%
2 Business Operation Support Services 2.9%
3 - Tie Healthcare & Social Assistance 2.7%
3 - Tie Wholesale Trade 2.7%
5 - Tie Construction 2.4%
5 - Tie Professional, Scientific & Tech Services 2.4%
5 - Tie Retail 2.4%
8 Information, Media & Telecommunications 2.1%
9 Real Estate & Rental Services 2.0%
10 Finance & Insurance 1.9%
11 Manufacturing 1.7%
12 Utilities 1.6%
13 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 1.5%
14 Transportation & Warehousing/Storage 1.3%
15 Mining, Oil & Gas Exploration 0.8%
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Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.

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