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 Q4 2016 Year-Over-Year
Percentage Change in Pay
1 Transportation Jobs 4.5%
2 Food Service & Restaurant Jobs 3.6%
3 Legal Jobs 2.8%
4 Social Service Jobs 2.4%
5 Administrative & Clerical Jobs 2.2%
6 Retail Jobs 2.0%
7 - Tie Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Healthcare Jobs 1.9%
7 - Tie Manufacturing & Production Jobs 1.9%
9 - Tie Art & Design Jobs 1.7%
9 - Tie Installation, Maintenance & Repair Jobs 1.7%
9 - Tie Sales Jobs 1.7%
12 - Tie Accounting & Finance Jobs 1.3%
12 - Tie Marketing & Advertising Jobs 1.3%
14 Information Technology Jobs 1.2%
15 - Tie Construction Jobs 1.0%
15 - Tie Science & Biotech Jobs 1.0%
17 - Tie Architecture & Engineering Jobs 0.9%
17 - Tie Human Resources Jobs 0.9%
19 - Tie Media & Publishing Jobs 0.6%
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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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