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 2021 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Food Service and Restaurant Jobs7.1%
2Retail Jobs5.5%
3Transportation Jobs5.4%
4Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs4.9%
5Construction Jobs4.7%
6Manufacturing and Production Jobs4.4%
7Administrative and Clerical Jobs3.7%
8Legal Jobs3.3%
9Science and Biotech Jobs3.2%
10 (tie)Art and Design Jobs3.1%
10 (tie)Media and Publishing Jobs3.1%
12 (tie)Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Healthcare Jobs3.0%
12 (tie)Social Service Jobs3.0%
14Human Resources Jobs2.9%
15Accounting and Finance Jobs2.6%
16Architecture and Engineering Jobs2.5%
17Sales Jobs2.4%
18Information Technology Jobs2.3%
19Marketing and Advertising Jobs1.9%

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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.

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