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How Salaries Changed In 2016 | Top 100 Careers by Pay Increase

how salaries changed in 2016 top 100 careers by pay increasethink about college and what you want to be when you grow up, or looking to go off in an entirely different career direction. While we are only going to emphasize the two most recent years, 2015 and 2016, this is in no way a prediction at what the future of the job market will look like. The following graphs are highlighting the changes over the year for many different careers and industries. With a look at the top 100 careers experiencing significant salary and employment increases, careers seeing decreases in either salary or employment, and those poised to break out and go sky high. Hint: Flight attendant makes a couple of those lists!


TOP 100 BIGGEST GAME CHANGERS

The careers reflected in the following chart show the most growth in hourly and annual salary. However, many of these fields show a significant drop in employment. But, this could account for the raises. Supply and demand. The top career is reported to be Model Makers and Patternmakers in Wood. If you look at the number of people reportedly employed in this industry, you’ll understand that even if one person gets a significant raise, it looks great for the industry on a whole. So, by numbers, it makes flight attendant career number one in both growth and annual wage. Many careers that grow consistently are in the skilled trades, and with so many positions opening over the next few years, this isn’t going to change anytime soon.


Top Careers

Employed 2015

$/Hr 2015

Annual Salary 2015

Employed 2016

$/hr 2016

Annual salary 2016

% employment change

% change hourly

% change annually

Model Makers and Patternmakers, Wood

2,180

19.16

39,840

2,000

22.92

47,660

-8.30%

19.60%

19.60%

Flight Attendants

108,510

*

46,750

113,390

*

51,620

4.50%

#VALUE!

10.40%

Miscellaneous Personal Care and Service Workers

57,140

11.99

24,950

54,520

13.2

27,460

-4.60%

10.10%

10.10%

Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

121,110

*

119,360

120,500

*

131,250

-0.50%

#VALUE!

10.00%

Nurse Midwives

7,430

45.01

93,610

6,270

49.23

102,390

-15.60%

9.40%

9.40%

Statistical Assistants

13,510

21.26

44,220

10,900

23.22

48,300

-19.30%

9.20%

9.20%

Health Teachers, Postsecondary

236,290

*

104,470

242,940

*

113,770

2.80%

#VALUE!

8.90%

Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

4,370

33.6

69,880

4,560

36.44

75,790

4.30%

8.50%

8.50%

Miscellaneous Media and Communication Equipment Workers

17,670

34.1

70,920

18,620

36.78

76,500

5.40%

7.90%

7.90%

Sailors and Marine Oilers

30,570

20.63

42,910

32,530

22.2

46,170

6.40%

7.60%

7.60%

Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers

337,920

11.18

23,260

342,870

11.95

24,860

1.50%

6.90%

6.90%

Miscellaneous Sales and Related Workers

91,760

18.93

39,370

89,120

20.19

42,000

-2.90%

6.70%

6.70%

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Sewers

26,900

13.31

27,690

28,200

14.18

29,500

4.80%

6.50%

6.50%

Math and Computer Teachers, Postsecondary

87,610

*

80,140

84,560

*

85,350

-3.50%

#VALUE!

6.50%

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

6,760

23.5

48,870

7,460

24.95

51,900

10.40%

6.20%

6.20%

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

6,870

19.26

40,070

8,870

20.43

42,500

29.10%

6.10%

6.10%

Bartenders

589,150

11.59

24,110

603,320

12.3

25,580

2.40%

6.10%

6.10%

Waiters and Waitresses

2,505,630

11.07

23,020

2,564,610

11.73

24,410

2.40%

6.00%

6.00%

Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

116,420

*

84,180

114,230

*

89,150

-1.90%

#VALUE!

5.90%

Photographers

50,070

19.37

40,280

48,660

20.5

42,640

-2.80%

5.80%

5.90%

Arts, Communications, and Humanities Teachers, Postsecondary

280,710

*

73,660

272,170

*

77,980

-3.00%

#VALUE!

5.90%

Sociologists

2,620

39.47

82,100

2,870

41.75

86,840

9.50%

5.80%

5.80%

Podiatrists

9,500

65.47

136,180

9,800

69.28

144,110

3.20%

5.80%

5.80%

Emergency Management Directors

9,840

35.46

73,750

9,570

37.53

78,060

-2.70%

5.80%

5.80%

Model Makers and Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

10,400

21.93

45,620

9,680

23.21

48,280

-6.90%

5.80%

5.80%

Miscellaneous Education, Training, and Library Workers

108,270

21.34

44,380

100,640

22.58

46,970

-7.00%

5.80%

5.80%

Law, Criminal Justice, and Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary

42,720

*

89,470

42,490

*

94,490

-0.50%

#VALUE!

5.60%

Actors, Producers, and Directors

155,210

41.28

85,850

163,130

43.54

90,570

5.10%

5.50%

5.50%

Legislators

55,820

*

42,530

53,670

*

44,820

-3.90%

#VALUE!

5.40%

Telephone Operators

9,750

19.62

40,820

8,860

20.69

43,030

-9.10%

5.50%

5.40%

Funeral Service Managers

8,300

40.61

84,470

8,370

42.78

88,970

0.80%

5.30%

5.30%

Proofreaders and Copy Markers

10,810

18.12

37,690

11,430

19.06

39,640

5.70%

5.20%

5.20%

Miscellaneous Financial Specialists

127,250

34.85

72,480

123,270

36.65

76,230

-3.10%

5.20%

5.20%

Atmospheric and Space Scientists

10,370

43.37

90,210

9,800

45.6

94,840

-5.50%

5.10%

5.10%

Logging Workers

38,700

18.1

37,640

38,650

19

39,510

-0.10%

5.00%

5.00%

Funeral Attendants

35,290

12.42

25,840

35,770

13.03

27,110

1.40%

4.90%

4.90%

Business Teachers, Postsecondary

84,890

*

92,220

83,030

*

96,770

-2.20%

#VALUE!

4.90%

Plasterers and Stucco Masons

22,420

20.22

42,070

22,810

21.19

44,070

1.70%

4.80%

4.80%

Sewing Machine Operators

141,520

11.87

24,680

139,500

12.42

25,830

-1.40%

4.60%

4.70%

Roof Bolters, Mining

5,220

26.68

55,500

3,930

27.94

58,110

-24.70%

4.70%

4.70%

Furniture Finishers

16,480

14.87

30,920

17,370

15.54

32,330

5.40%

4.50%

4.60%

Insurance Sales Agents

386,140

31.15

64,790

385,700

32.58

67,760

-0.10%

4.60%

4.60%

Chief Executives

238,940

89.35

185,850

223,260

93.44

194,350

-6.60%

4.60%

4.60%

Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

63,290

14.9

30,980

58,160

15.57

32,390

-8.10%

4.50%

4.60%

Roustabouts, Oil and Gas

71,790

18.61

38,700

51,290

19.46

40,480

-28.60%

4.60%

4.60%

Forest and Conservation Workers

6,870

14.36

29,860

7,170

15

31,200

4.40%

4.50%

4.50%

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

1,108,310

13.71

28,510

1,113,580

14.32

29,780

0.50%

4.40%

4.50%

File Clerks

140,560

14.38

29,900

130,950

15.03

31,260

-6.80%

4.50%

4.50%

Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

35,290

11.18

23,260

38,780

11.68

24,280

9.90%

4.50%

4.40%

Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

412,830

10.29

21,400

423,080

10.74

22,340

2.50%

4.40%

4.40%

Cooks

2,284,470

11.23

23,350

2,340,280

11.72

24,370

2.40%

4.40%

4.40%

Fence Erectors

21,160

16.75

34,840

21,500

17.49

36,380

1.60%

4.40%

4.40%

Dishwashers

505,000

9.79

20,360

506,450

10.22

21,260

0.30%

4.40%

4.40%

Food Service Managers

201,370

25.79

53,640

201,470

26.93

56,010

0.00%

4.40%

4.40%

Recreation and Fitness Workers

573,920

15.66

32,560

594,280

16.33

33,970

3.50%

4.30%

4.30%

Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

391,150

9.87

20,530

404,360

10.29

21,410

3.40%

4.30%

4.30%

Chemists and Materials Scientists

91,520

38.04

79,130

94,410

39.68

82,520

3.20%

4.30%

4.30%

Administrative Services Managers

270,080

45.6

94,840

266,280

47.56

98,930

-1.40%

4.30%

4.30%

Compensation and Benefits Managers

15,930

58.48

121,630

15,230

61.01

126,900

-4.40%

4.30%

4.30%

Personal Care Aides

1,369,230

10.48

21,790

1,492,250

10.92

22,710

9.00%

4.20%

4.20%

Glaziers

44,230

21.84

45,420

47,140

22.72

47,260

6.60%

4.00%

4.10%

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

243,210

10.87

22,610

248,440

11.32

23,530

2.20%

4.10%

4.10%

Announcers

38,380

21.72

45,170

37,230

22.6

47,000

-3.00%

4.10%

4.10%

Miscellaneous Mathematical Science Occupations

2,700

34.05

70,820

2,510

35.44

73,700

-7.00%

4.10%

4.10%

Computer Operators

51,510

20.26

42,140

46,810

21.1

43,880

-9.10%

4.10%

4.10%

Miscellaneous Life Scientists

9,070

38.4

79,870

7,890

39.98

83,150

-13.00%

4.10%

4.10%

Miscellaneous Extraction Workers

5,400

23.62

49,140

4,320

24.6

51,170

-20.00%

4.10%

4.10%

Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

1,013,460

16.8

34,930

1,042,750

17.47

36,340

2.90%

4.00%

4.00%

Financial Managers

531,120

64.58

134,330

543,300

67.17

139,720

2.30%

4.00%

4.00%

Miscellaneous Postsecondary Teachers

457,750

*

55,920

466,790

*

58,150

2.00%

#VALUE!

4.00%

Engineering and Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary

44,610

*

101,040

45,370

*

105,120

1.70%

#VALUE!

4.00%

Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists

10,170

23.18

48,220

10,300

24.1

50,130

1.30%

4.00%

4.00%

Home Appliance Repairers

33,990

18.66

38,820

33,480

19.42

40,390

-1.50%

4.10%

4.00%

Locomotive Engineers and Operators

43,560

27.87

57,980

45,640

28.96

60,230

4.80%

3.90%

3.90%

Food Preparation Workers

862,740

10.6

22,050

850,670

11.02

22,920

-1.40%

4.00%

3.90%

News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents

45,790

24.5

50,970

45,160

25.46

52,960

-1.40%

3.90%

3.90%

Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors

47,710

34.37

71,500

51,590

35.67

74,200

8.10%

3.80%

3.80%

Molders and Molding Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

148,410

15.25

31,720

158,370

15.83

32,930

6.70%

3.80%

3.80%

Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, and Terrazzo Workers

166,610

20.27

42,150

177,340

21.04

43,770

6.40%

3.80%

3.80%

Fast Food and Counter Workers

3,703,110

9.53

19,820

3,925,640

9.89

20,580

6.00%

3.80%

3.80%

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

378,560

14.31

29,770

386,520

14.86

30,910

2.10%

3.80%

3.80%

Grounds Maintenance Workers

976,840

13.5

28,090

987,670

14.02

29,170

1.10%

3.90%

3.80%

Physicians and Surgeons

642,720

97.33

202,450

649,850

101.04

210,170

1.10%

3.80%

3.80%

Miscellaneous Production Workers

881,020

14.21

29,560

888,880

14.75

30,680

0.90%

3.80%

3.80%

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

20,260

18.75

39,000

20,420

19.46

40,470

0.80%

3.80%

3.80%

Miscellaneous Office and Administrative Support Workers

239,630

16.7

34,730

216,650

17.33

36,040

-9.60%

3.80%

3.80%

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

7,540

25.28

52,580

6,310

26.24

54,580

-16.30%

3.80%

3.80%

Tour and Travel Guides

38,740

13.29

27,640

41,690

13.78

28,670

7.60%

3.70%

3.70%

Construction Laborers

887,580

17.57

36,550

912,100

18.22

37,890

2.80%

3.70%

3.70%

Miscellaneous Teachers and Instructors

899,670

16.84

35,020

902,910

17.46

36,310

0.40%

3.70%

3.70%

Advertising and Promotions Managers

29,340

54.62

113,610

28,860

56.64

117,810

-1.60%

3.70%

3.70%

Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks

41,880

18.23

37,920

37,680

18.91

39,320

-10.00%

3.70%

3.70%

Roofers

109,720

19.54

40,630

116,410

20.23

42,080

6.10%

3.50%

3.60%

Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

106,000

22.48

46,760

111,650

23.3

48,460

5.30%

3.60%

3.60%

Chiropractors

32,080

37.68

78,370

32,960

39.04

81,210

2.70%

3.60%

3.60%

Parking Enforcement Workers

8,710

18.4

38,280

8,920

19.06

39,650

2.40%

3.60%

3.60%

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

114,220

17.48

36,370

114,680

18.12

37,690

0.40%

3.70%

3.60%

BOTTOM 20 CAREERS

While jobs were available in some of the following careers, salaries, both hourly and annually, did not follow suit in the following 20 careers. As you can see, the careers that had the most significant drop in their salary were Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes with close to a $10,000 deficit. And Mathematician careers numbers aren’t adding up very well, either. Most of the careers listed, either the salary dropped a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, or the employment opportunities declined. However, most weren’t affected by both factors at the same time.

Career

Employed

$/hr ‘15

Annual 2015

Employed

$/hr 2016

Annual 2016

Employ change

Hr change

Salary change

Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

13,230

46.06

95,810

13,470

41.62

86,560

1.80%

-9.60%

-9.70%

Miscellaneous Material Moving Workers

21,740

17.82

37,060

23,880

16.61

34,540

9.80%

-6.80%

-6.80%

Mathematicians

3,170

54.11

112,560

2,730

50.77

105,600

-13.90%

-6.20%

-6.20%

Ship Engineers

9,940

37.97

78,970

9,750

35.64

74,120

-1.90%

-6.10%

-6.10%

Animal Breeders

1,030

21.47

44,650

1,270

20.35

42,340

23.30%

-5.20%

-5.20%

Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

8,000

51.87

107,880

6,940

49.52

103,010

-13.30%

-4.50%

-4.50%

Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

11,960

19.72

41,010

10,920

19.04

39,590

-8.70%

-3.40%

-3.50%

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

32,890

16.88

35,100

28,590

16.28

33,870

-13.10%

-3.60%

-3.50%

Miscellaneous Religious Workers

7,840

16.9

35,160

8,250

16.49

34,300

5.20%

-2.40%

-2.40%

Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists

31,050

49.32

102,580

32,000

48.17

100,190

3.10%

-2.30%

-2.30%

Petroleum Engineers

34,600

71.92

149,590

32,780

70.69

147,030

-5.30%

-1.70%

-1.70%

Agricultural Engineers

2,330

37.73

78,490

1,980

37.18

77,330

-15.00%

-1.50%

-1.50%

Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Operators

54,160

16.07

33,430

53,680

15.83

32,930

-0.90%

-1.50%

-1.50%

Biomedical Engineers

20,890

43.86

91,230

20,590

43.25

89,970

-1.40%

-1.40%

-1.40%

Nuclear Technicians

6,500

37.91

78,850

6,840

37.41

77,820

5.20%

-1.30%

-1.30%

Hoist and Winch Operators

2,880

24.37

50,680

2,960

24.05

50,020

2.80%

-1.30%

-1.30%

Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

19,490

24.92

51,840

18,500

24.64

51,240

-5.10%

-1.10%

-1.20%

Postal Service Workers

504,540

24.38

50,700

521,750

24.07

50,070

3.40%

-1.30%

-1.20%

Miscellaneous Woodworkers

6,900

15.45

32,130

6,750

15.28

31,780

-2.20%

-1.10%

-1.10%

OVER 40 GROWING CAREERS ASSOCIATED WITH TRADES

Salaries, as well as employment, saw a raise between 2015 and 2016. Surprisingly, flight attendant careers were the most positively affected (see, we told you they made a couple of the lists), with over a $5,000 increase annually plus a significant increase in employment opportunities. Which is ironic considering all the negative airline press from the past year. Most of the other careers listed are enjoying a moderate increase in yearly wages, from a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars.

Career

Employed

$/hr ‘15

Annual 2015

Employed

$/hr 2016

Annual 2016

Employ change

Hr change

Salary change

Flight Attendants

108,510

*

46,750

113,390

*

51,620

4.50%

#VALUE!

10.40%

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

1,108,310

13.71

28,510

1,113,580

14.32

29,780

0.50%

4.40%

4.50%

Food Service Managers

201,370

25.79

53,640

201,470

26.93

56,010

0.00%

4.40%

4.40%

Cooks

2,284,470

11.23

23,350

2,340,280

11.72

24,370

2.40%

4.40%

4.40%

Glaziers

44,230

21.84

45,420

47,140

22.72

47,260

6.60%

4.00%

4.10%

Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, and Terrazzo Workers

166,610

20.27

42,150

177,340

21.04

43,770

6.40%

3.80%

3.80%

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers

439,320

19.5

40,560

429,650

20.2

42,010

-2.20%

3.60%

3.60%

Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

106,000

22.48

46,760

111,650

23.3

48,460

5.30%

3.60%

3.60%

Carpenters

639,190

22.49

46,780

676,980

23.24

48,340

5.90%

3.30%

3.30%

Bakers

176,610

12.63

26,270

180,450

13.04

27,110

2.20%

3.20%

3.20%

Medical and Health Services Managers

314,950

50.99

106,070

332,150

52.58

109,370

5.50%

3.10%

3.10%

Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons

74,570

24.13

50,200

77,560

24.89

51,770

4.00%

3.10%

3.10%

Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers

445,520

21.78

45,310

449,480

22.46

46,710

0.90%

3.10%

3.10%

Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides

43,030

25.74

53,550

45,380

26.51

55,130

5.50%

3.00%

3.00%

Massage Therapists

92,090

20.76

43,170

95,830

21.39

44,480

4.10%

3.00%

3.00%

Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

362,360

13.84

28,790

368,280

14.23

29,600

1.60%

2.80%

2.80%

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

3,950

25.5

53,030

4,580

26.13

54,360

15.90%

2.50%

2.50%

Small Engine Mechanics

67,850

17.51

36,420

69,280

17.95

37,340

2.10%

2.50%

2.50%

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

3,680,630

18.93

39,360

3,675,140

19.39

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