Wage Trends by Job Category

Depending on their marketplace demand, different types of workers enjoy better or worse salary offers year to year. How much have employers valued workers with certain skills, knowledge and abilities recently?

See PayScale's list of job categories ranked by wage trends and see which types of jobs are seeing improvement in wages overall.

Rank Job Category Q2 2016 Year-Over-Year
Percentage Change in Pay
1 Transportation Jobs 4.0%
2 Art & Design Jobs 3.7%
3 Retail Jobs 3.5%
4 Food Service & Restaurant Jobs 3.4%
5 Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Healthcare Jobs 2.9%
6 Manufacturing & Production Jobs 2.7%
7 Construction Jobs 2.7%
8 Administrative & Clerical Jobs 2.6%
9 Installation, Maintenance & Repair Jobs 2.6%
10 Sales Jobs 2.4%
11 Architecture & Engineering Jobs 2.3%
12 Information Technology Jobs 2.2%
13 - Tie Science & Biotech Jobs 2.2%
13 - Tie Human Resources Jobs 2.0%
15 Legal Jobs 2.0%
16 Media & Publishing Jobs 1.9%
17 Accounting & Finance Jobs 1.8%
18 Marketing & Advertising Jobs 1.5%
19 Social Service Jobs 1.2%
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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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