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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 Q1 2013 Year-Over-Year
Percentage Change in Pay
1 Mining, Oil & Gas Exploration 5.2%
2 Finance & Insurance 4.7%
3 Professional, Scientific & Tech Services 4.5%
4 Real Estate & Rental Services 4.4%
5 Food Services & Accommodation 4.3%
6 Wholesale Trade 4.1%
7 - Tie Utilities 3.7%
7 - Tie Information, Media & Telecommunications 3.7%
9 Manufacturing 3.6%
10 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 3.3%
11 Retail 3.0%
12 Business Operation Support Services 2.9%
13 - Tie Construction 2.8%
13 - Tie Healthcare & Social Assistance 2.8%
15 Transportation & Warehousing/Storage 2.5%

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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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