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 CategoryQ1 2020 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Transportation Jobs3.2%
2 (tie)Legal Jobs2.6%
2 (tie)Retail Jobs2.6%
4 (tie)Food Service and Restaurant Jobs2.5%
4 (tie)Information Technology Jobs2.5%
6Administrative and Clerical Jobs2.4%
7 (tie)Architecture and Engineering Jobs2.3%
7 (tie)Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs2.3%
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Healthcare Jobs2.2%
10 (tie)Accounting and Finance Jobs2.1%
10 (tie)Manufacturing and Production Jobs2.1%
10 (tie)Social Service Jobs2.1%
13 (tie)Construction Jobs2.0%
13 (tie)Human Resources Jobs2.0%
13 (tie)Marketing and Advertising Jobs2.0%
13 (tie)Media and Publishing Jobs2.0%
13 (tie)Science and Biotech Jobs2.0%
18 (tie)Art and Design Jobs1.8%
18 (tie)Sales Jobs1.8%

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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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