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U.S. Wages Up 3% Year-Over-Year

Last month, U.S. median base pay increased 3% year-over-year to $51,336, according to a report from Glassdoor. This is the fastest pace of pay growth recorded in three years, tied with January earlier this year.

U.S. Wages Up 3 Percent Year-Over-Year

“The positive wage growth is a sign of today’s hot U.S. labor market; March’s year-over-year increase shows that wages are stable and steadily increasing, especially among jobs where there is high demand for workers,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist of Glassdoor.

The two cities with the fastest YoY salary growth in March were Los Angeles and Chicago, at 4.4% and 3.8%, respectively.

Tech Market Update

While tech jobs are high in demand, reports show a slowdown in pay for some local tech roles this year. Pay declined slightly for web developers in March, and was essentially flat for java developers. Some of the technology job titles with the biggest YoY salary increases include Data Analyst (4.2%), Programmer Analyst (4.1%), and Software Engineer (3.8%).

Another sign of today's red-hot labor market is the bump that recruiters saw last month. According to Chamberlain, “Recruiters are in high demand because unemployment is down in the U.S., at 4.7% we are near full employment. In this environment, employers have to rely more on passive candidates, and with fewer unemployed workers, recruiters become more important.”

Despite their recent deceleration in pay growth, tech jobs make up 11 of Glassdoor's Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2017, more than any other industry. Here are the top 25 Highest Paying Jobs and their median base salaries:

  1. Physician | $187,876
  2. Pharmacy Manager | $149,064
  3. Patent Attorney | $139,272
  4. Medical Science Liaison | $132,842
  5. Pharmacist | $125,847
  6. Enterprise Architect | $112,560
  7. Physician Assistant | $112,529
  8. Applications Development Manager | $112,045
  9. R&D Manager | $111,905
  10. Corporate Controller | $110,855
  11. Software Engineering Manager | $109,350
  12. IT Architect | $105,303
  13. Software Architect | $104,754
  14. Nurse Practitioner | $104,144
  15. Solutions Architect | $102,678
  16. Data Architect | $102,091
  17. Actuary | $99,507
  18. IT Program Manager | $98,883
  19. UX Manager | $98,353
  20. Systems Architect | $97,873
  21. Plant Manager | $97,189
  22. Scrum Master | $95,167
  23. Financial Planning & Analysis Manager | $94,862
  24. Nuclear Engineer | $94,852
  25. Attorney | $94,695
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