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The Jobs With the Highest Pay Raises in 2016

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Carrie SmithGuest Blogger
January 05, 2017 · 3.5k Views

Over the past years the average pay raise in the United States has barely increased, with the unemployment rate steadily decreasing during this time. But there’s good news! As the economy begins to bounce back, Randstad US recently released a report that lists the jobs and industries with the highest pay raises. Here are the best categories and positions to look for if you want a pay raise.

All salary and hourly rates have been pulled from updated stats via Payscale.com.

 

Engineering


engineer

Source: Huffington Post

Below are listed the average salaries, median hourly rate and the percentage of raise expected for each job and industry. This includes positions for electronics and computer engineers, mechanical engineers and quality engineers.

► Electronics/computer engineer

  • Average salary - $73,937

  • Median hourly rate - $26

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 8.31%

► Mechanical engineer

  • Average salary - $66,890

  • Median hourly rate - $26

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 7.38%

► Quality engineer

  • Average salary - $66,712

  • Median hourly rate - $28

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 7.36%

 

Manufacturing and logistics


electromechanical technician

Source: RWM.org

This includes jobs for electromechanical technicians, assistant plant managers and maintenance managers.

► Electromechanical technician

  • Average salary - $53,340

  • Median hourly rate - $20

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 9.29%

► Assistant plant manager

  • Average salary - $61,143

  • Median hourly rate - $16

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 8.05%

► Maintenance manager

  • Average salary - $68,777

  • Median hourly rate - $19

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 6.65%

 

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Informational technology


project manager

Source: Investopedia

This includes jobs for network engineers, software engineers and project managers.

► Network engineer

  • Average salary - $68,551

  • Median hourly rate - $27

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 7.21%

► Software engineer

  • Average salary - $79,357

  • Median hourly rate - $34

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 5.48%

► Project manager

  • Average salary - $86,330

  • Median hourly rate - $36

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 3.87%

 

Office and administration


office manager

Source: voiceherald.com

This includes jobs for office managers, call center representatives and accounts receivable supervisors.

► Office manager

  • Average salary - $43,485

  • Median hourly rate - $16

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 6.68%

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► Call center representative (general calls)

  • Average salary - $32,243

  • Median hourly rate - $12

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 4.55%

► Accounts receivable supervisor

  • Average salary - $48,696

  • Median hourly rate - $18

  • Raise expected in 2016 - 4.50%

 

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The salary guide, as detailed by Randstad US, also highlights other in-demand jobs that are currently recruiting more employees with the desired skillset. This includes:

  • Finance and accounting - such as senior accountants, financial planning and analysis, cost accountants and managers.

  • Healthcare - positions like traveling nurses, allied health and physicians.

  • Life sciences - such as drug safety associates, clinical study managers and regulatory affairs CMC managers.

  • Human resources - with jobs available to human resource generalists, human resources business partners and learning/development managers.

If you’re looking for a new job, or thinking of going back to school, you can’t go wrong by choosing one of these jobs with the highest pay raises in 2016. And according to a 2016 Salary Forecast, from the Korn Ferry Hay Group, workers will continue to see these pay increases over the next three years, which is good news for anyone who works in these positions.


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Hi, I'm Carrie Smith! I'm a financial writer and small business expert who helps freelancers build client-based businesses through meaningful relationships. I have a background in small business accounting and taxes and recently won an award for Best Entrepreneurship Blog for my site, carefulcents.com.

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