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 2022 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Food Service and Restaurant Jobs8.2%
2Retail Jobs6.2%
3Transportation Jobs5.6%
4Manufacturing and Production Jobs5.0%
5 (tie)Construction Jobs4.8%
5 (tie)Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs4.8%
7Administrative and Clerical Jobs4.3%
8Science and Biotech Jobs3.9%
9Human Resources Jobs3.8%
10Art and Design Jobs3.7%
11 (tie)Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Healthcare Jobs3.6%
11 (tie)Legal Jobs3.6%
13Social Service Jobs3.4%
14Architecture and Engineering Jobs3.2%
15 (tie)Accounting and Finance Jobs3.0%
15 (tie)Media and Publishing Jobs3.0%
17 (tie)Information Technology Jobs2.7%
17 (tie)Sales Jobs2.7%
19Marketing and Advertising Jobs2.0%

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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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