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 CategoryQ2 2022 Year-Over-Year
One Year Wage Growth
1Food Service and Restaurant Jobs8.5%
2Transportation Jobs6.3%
3 (tie)Manufacturing and Production Jobs6.1%
3 (tie)Retail Jobs6.1%
5 (tie)Administrative and Clerical Jobs5.2%
5 (tie)Installation, Maintenance and Repair Jobs5.2%
7Construction Jobs4.8%
8Art and Design Jobs4.7%
9 (tie)Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Healthcare Jobs4.5%
9 (tie)Human Resources Jobs4.5%
9 (tie)Science and Biotech Jobs4.5%
12Social Service Jobs4.4%
13Legal Jobs4.2%
14Architecture and Engineering Jobs4.0%
15Accounting and Finance Jobs3.8%
16 (tie)Information Technology Jobs3.7%
16 (tie)Media and Publishing Jobs3.7%
18 (tie)Marketing and Advertising Jobs3.2%
18 (tie)Sales Jobs3.2%

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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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