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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 2012 Year-Over-Year
Percentage Change in Pay
1 Transportation Jobs 3.8%
2 Information Technology Jobs 3.4%
3 Marketing & Advertising Jobs 2.8%
4 - Tie Installation, Maintenance & Repair Jobs 2.7%
4 - Tie Architecture & Engineering Jobs 2.7%
6 Administrative & Clerical Jobs 2.4%
7 Media & Publishing Jobs 2.3%
8 - Tie Science & Biotech Jobs 2.2%
8 - Tie Construction Jobs 2.2%
10 Accounting & Finance Jobs 2.1%
11 Sales Jobs 1.9%
12 Art & Design Jobs 1.8%
13 Manufacturing & Production Jobs 1.7%
14 Human Resources Jobs 1.6%
15 Legal Jobs 1.4%
16 Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Healthcare Jobs 1.3%
17 Retail Jobs 0.9%
18 Food Service & Restaurant Jobs 0.8%
19 Social Service Jobs 0.3%

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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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