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.

RankIndustryQ1 2020 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Arts, Entertainment & Recreation2.9%
2 (tie)Technology2.7%
2 (tie)Transportation & Warehousing2.7%
4Real Estate2.6%
5 (tie)Engineering & Science2.5%
5 (tie)Health Care2.5%
5 (tie)Retail and Customer Service2.5%
8 (tie)Construction2.4%
8 (tie)Education2.4%
10 (tie)Agencies & Consultancies2.3%
10 (tie)Nonprofits2.3%
12 (tie)Accommodation & Food Services2.2%
12 (tie)Finance & Insurance2.2%
15Energy & Utilities1.5%

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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 and education professionals 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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