13 Jobs With the Fastest Growing Salaries and Biggest Pay Raises

A nurse takes a man's pulse

A nurse takes a man’s pulse. | iStock.com

There’s still plenty of troubling news out there when it comes to the economy, despite the fact that we’re sailing on far smoother waters than we were in recent years. Many folks are still earning considerably less than they did decades ago, and the forces of globalization, automation, and innovation are driving many workers from the labor pool. But with destruction comes opportunity — as some jobs become redundant, others become more valuable.

We’ve become accustomed to seeing the negative headlines bubble to the top of our respective news feeds when it comes to the economy. Jobs are being lost in sector X, for example, or perhaps a politician running for office is trying to make the economy look a lot worse than it is. But there is good news to report, too. Unemployment is currently pretty low, for one, and average incomes for middle-class households are on the rise as well.

Not only that, but there are many jobs that are actually seeing wage boosts — which is something we’re not used to hearing about given the prevailing political and economic climate.

A report from Glassdoor has outlined 13 of those jobs. These are the gigs where average base pay is going up, rather than trending down, as demand for these services grows.

13. Communications manager

Wales soccer manager Chris Coleman speaks to the media under the watch of his communications manager

Wales soccer manager Chris Coleman speaks to the media | Stu Forster/Getty Images

2016 median base pay: $84,000
2015 median base pay: $80,000
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 5%

Communication managers have a pretty broad job description, but they basically craft messaging for organizations or individuals. Politicians and celebrities have communications managers, for example. As do businesses and corporations. It’s a position that’s seen a 5% boost in pay over the past year, too.

12. Underwriter

A woman meets with an accountant at her bank

A woman meets with an accountant at her bank. | Andrew Burton/Getty Images

2016 median base pay: $60,000
2015 median base pay: $57,000
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 5%

What does an underwriter do, anyway? Typically, they are the people who make judgments on mortgage applications — they will look at your financial health, credit history, and income to determine whether you get your loan. They have also seen a boost of 5% in earnings, on average, over the past year.

11. Case manager

Businessman signing papers

Businessman signing papers | iStock.com/BernardaSv

2016 median base pay: $45,000
2015 median base pay: $42,672
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 6%

Case managers experienced a 6% pay bump on average during 2016. These are people who work within the health care industry, helping individuals and families determine the best course of action when it comes to their health and how to pay for it.

10. Marketing coordinator

A marketing professional looks at SEO possibilities for a client

A marketing professional looks at SEO possibilities for a client. | Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

2016 median base pay: $45,000
2015 median base pay: $42,672
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 6%

Like a communications manager, marketing coordinators work in the world of messaging. More specifically, however, they work on crafting campaigns for specific products, services, or entities. These folks have also seen their average pay go up by 6% in 2016.

9. Claims adjuster

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Man signing business document | iStock.com

2016 median base pay: $47,500
2015 median base pay: $45,000
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 6%

Another job with a 6% spike in earnings in 2016, claims adjusters are the folks who come out to check out the damage to your property when you file an insurance claim. When you get in a car accident, or a tree falls on your house, these are the people who show up to determine whether you’re covered.

8. Admissions representative

Workers staff the front desk of the University of Michigan's Undergraduate Admissions office

Workers staff the front desk of the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Admissions office. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

2016 median base pay: $44,745
2015 median base pay: $42,000
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 7%

You probably don’t think the guy who shot down your dream of getting into Stanford deserves a raise, but wages are trending up for admissions representatives at colleges. In 2016, earnings for these reps grew 7% on average.

7. Data analyst

Womans eye with futuristic digital data

Woman’s eye with futuristic digital data | iStock.com/BrianAJackson

2016 median base pay: $65,000
2015 median base pay: $60,960
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 7%

Likewise with 7% wage growth, data analysts. These specialists take raw data and translate it into plain English so that executives and managers can make strategic decisions with it. If you love staring at spreadsheets and bar graphs, this might be a worthwhile career path.

6. Media planner

Media members descend on a professional athlete

Media members descend on a professional athlete | Clive Mason/Getty Images

2016 median base pay: $45,000
2015 median base pay: $42,164
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 7%

Again with the media, communications, and messaging! Media planners — those who work with marketing and advertising firms in an effort to find ways to promote goods and services for their employers — saw earnings jump 7% in 2016.

5. Registered nurse

Nurse helping elderly patient

A nurse assisting an elderly man | iStock.com

2016 median base pay: $68,000
2015 median base pay: $63,500
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 7%

Nursing has been (and should continue to be) an area of high growth. There’s not only lots of opportunities opening up, but wages are rising too: Pay is up 7% in 2016.

4. Recruiter

A recruiter interviews an applicant

A recruiter interviews an applicant | iStock.com

2016 median base pay: $45,000
2015 median base pay: $42,000
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 7%

When businesses need talent, they often outsource the task of finding it to recruiters or staffing agencies. As this has become a more popular and common tactic, recruiters have become more in-demand, and wages have jumped. Pay is up 7% in 2016, as a result.

3. Implementation consultant

Consultant is explaining solutions

Consultant is explaining solutions | iStock.com/BernardaSv

2016 median base pay: $75,000
2015 median base pay: $70,000
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 7%

This is another broad job description, but essentially, implementation consultants help or advise businesses on making software purchases, and then working them into the daily workflow. But that can vary between industries. As companies aim to become more efficient, they’re looking for more folks with these skills. Pay is up 7% as a result.

2. Sales manager

A store's manager works with an employee

A store’s manager works with an employee | Chris Hondros/Getty Images

2016 median base pay: $73,000
2015 median base pay: $66,040
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 11%

The sales team is the engine of any business. Without revenues, the whole operation is a bust. For that reason, strong sales managers are needed to keep things in working order. Over the past year, the average pay for sales managers has jumped significantly — it’s up 11% in 2016.

1. Certified nursing assistant

Nurses work together to care for a patient

Nurses work together to care for a patient | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

2016 median base pay: $50,000
2015 median base pay: $45,000
Increase from 2015 to 2016: 11%

Also seeing an 11% spike in pay are certified nursing assistants. These differ from registered nurses in that they are a rung lower  — they often report to RNs, and assist with the day-to-day care of patients. It’s a high growth career path, both in the number of jobs, and pay.

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