We could all use a raise. But generally, few of us will receive the raise we think we deserve. If you’re working a tough job that requires long hours, plus incredible physical strain and mental stamina, you’re more than likely wondering when the appreciation you deserve will rain down on you from the mountaintops — in the form of more money.
Well, you can keep hoping for the CEO to suddenly come to the realization they are underpaying you, or you can take action. Sometimes, that requires jumping ship to another company. Other times, it’s recognizing you’re in a dead field and need to make a move. Luckily, we have lots of data to sift through, so finding jobs that pay well and aren’t too competitive is as easy as ever.
Job website Glassdoor is one of the best places to find that data. Glassdoor’s newest project, Know Your Worth, is aimed at helping workers figure out what they should be making and how that compares to folks who are in similar situations. The company released a report outlining the jobs experiencing the biggest jumps in pay, year over year.
So if you’re ready to make a career move, or at least ask for a raise, this report and the Know Your Worth feature can make it a lot easier. As for who can expect a raise? We’ll start in the health care field.
10. Registered nurse
America needs nurses and other medical professionals. Because there’s a relative shortage, nurses are earning more as they have some bargaining power. Nursing (and related professions) are one of the fastest-growing positions out there. According to Glassdoor, median base pay is more than $66,000, and year-over-year wage growth is 4.5% for registered nurses.
9. Sales rep
If you can sell, you have the ability to make money. You could probably even sell yourself to a hiring manager to get a high-paying job. Sales representatives — whether they sell cars, yachts, or knickknacks — are experiencing wage growth during an otherwise tumultuous period in American history. Median base pay is more than $47,000, and year-over-year growth is 4.6%.
If there’s an interesting and curious addition to Glassdoor’s list, this is it. Cashiers, despite facing existential threats from encroaching technology and automation, are seeing wage growth. Cashiers don’t earn much, typically, with median base pay adding up to a little more than $27,000 per year. But year-over-year wage growth is 4.6% — possibly due to increasing minimum wages across the country.
7. Maintenance worker
We have stuff, and that stuff needs to be taken care of. That’s where maintenance workers come in. They might work around your apartment building, or you might see them out on the highways filling in potholes. Maintenance workers have many different roles, and they earn a median base pay of $43,000, per Glassdoor. And that pay is increasing at a rate of 5.7%.
6. Store manager
“Store manager” is a vague description, and for the purposes of this list, we’re going to associate it with any type of retail activity. That could include big box stores, restaurants, or your standard shop in the mall. Store managers earn a decent salary, per Glassdoor, at nearly $49,000 per year. And they’re also seeing pay raises, even during a time in which retail is in trouble, to the tune of 4.9% year over year.
5. Bank teller
We thought the ATM — the automatic teller machine — would thin the ranks of the world’s bank tellers. That hasn’t happened, interestingly enough. And these days, tellers are earning more and more. They usually don’t make much, with median base pay landing at around $28,000. But if you’re a bank teller, you can probably count on some kind of raise, as the data show 6.1% year-over-year wage growth.
4. Warehouse associate
Yet another one of those jobs that seem slated for extinction, warehouse workers and associates are seeing their positions increasingly automated. That hasn’t stopped short-term wage growth, however, as Glassdoor’s data show 6.7% growth year over year. Warehouse workers make decent money, with median base pay of almost $41,000. But again, how long will it last?
3. Restaurant cook
Another profession that is, in all likelihood, seeing the benefits of increased minimum wages nationwide is a cook. Restaurant cooks have seen 7% wage growth year over year, per Glassdoor. Even so, they tend not to make a lot of money, with median base pay landing at around $29,000. But efforts to raise pay for cooks and other back-of-the-house restaurant employees appear to be working.
2. Customer service manager
Customer service can be a nightmare. For a lot of people, no amount of money is worth dealing with the public — let alone trying to manage a team of people who deal with customers. But it pays well, evidently, with median base pay for customer service managers at nearly $55,000. And year-over-year wage growth is promising at 7.1%.
If you have a knack for sniffing out talent, you might be able to turn that into a viable career. Companies need recruiters and are willing to pay very well to get them. Recruiters are experiencing big wage growth, too, with Glassdoor’s data showing 7.4% year-over-year jumps. And the median base pay for a recruiter? It’s more than $51,000 — not too shabby.