Looking for a higher starting salary? 2016 could be your year.
According to the 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half, starting salaries for professional occupations in the US are projected to increase by an average of 4.1% next year.
“Organizations continue to compete fiercely for skilled talent, particularly in the areas of big data, compliance and mobile applications development,” said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. “Managers who keep current on the latest salary and hiring trends can create more attractive job offers and improve their retention efforts.”
The industry project to see the biggest pay gains is technology, with base salaries rising an average of 5.3%. Accounting and finance roles followed, with anticipated average compensation increases of 4.7%. And creative and administrative professions each registered projected starting salary gains of 3.8%, followed by the legal field, with average base pay expected to rise 3.1% in 2016.
So why is technology going to see such a big increase in starting pay? Technology experts are needed across a variety of industries. Companies are seeking big data engineers, mobile applications developers and data security analysts in order to remain competitive, improve customer experience and keep information secure. According to the Salary Guide, of these technology careers, wireless networking engineers will see the highest starting salary increase of all the positions, with projected starting compensation levels rising 9.7% in the coming year.
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