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.

RankJob CategoryQ4 2018 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Marketing and Advertising Jobs5.5%
2Art and Design Jobs3.1%
3Sales Jobs2.5%
4Information Technology Jobs2.3%
5Accounting and Finance Jobs2.0%
6 (tie)Legal Jobs1.6%
Science and Biotech Jobs1.6%
8Media and Publishing Jobs1.5%
9 (tie)Human Resources Jobs1.4%
Social Service Jobs1.4%
11Administrative and Clerical Jobs1.3%
12Architecture and Engineering Jobs1.2%
13Retail Jobs0.4%
14Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Healthcare Jobs0.2%
15Food Service and Restaurant Jobs-0.8%
16Construction Jobs-1.2%
17Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs-2.2%
18Manufacturing and Production Jobs-2.4%
19Transportation Jobs-3.9%

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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.

See full methodology for compensation trend reports.