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 Q3 2016 Year-Over-Year
Percentage Change in Pay
1 - Tie Transportation Jobs 3.3%
1 - Tie Food Service & Restaurant Jobs 3.3%
3 Installation, Maintenance & Repair Jobs 3.2%
4 Art & Design Jobs 2.8%
5 Retail Jobs 2.7%
6 Administrative & Clerical Jobs 2.6%
7 Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Healthcare Jobs 2.5%
8 Human Resources Jobs 2.3%
9 Sales Jobs 2.2%
10 - Tie Media & Publishing Jobs 2.1%
10 - Tie Architecture & Engineering Jobs 2.1%
10 - Tie Manufacturing & Production Jobs 2.1%
10 - Tie Information Technology Jobs 2.1%
14 - Tie Social Service Jobs 2.0%
14 - Tie Construction Jobs 2.0%
16 - Tie Marketing & Advertising Jobs 1.5%
16 - Tie Accounting & Finance Jobs 1.5%
18 - Tie Science & Biotech Jobs 1.3%
18 - Tie Legal Jobs 1.3%
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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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