Jobs, Salaries

10 Jobs With the Biggest Pay Raises

Here’s the bad news: in the last year, the U.S. median base pay has not exactly grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, according to Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports, median pay saw a small 2.8 percent increase year-over-year as of September 2018. Of course, as you know, that’s not even enough to keep up with inflation. But don’t despair: there’s good news too.

That good news is this: there are several jobs that are outpacing that small pay growth—with some more than doubling it. So if you’re looking for a job that will help you get a pay raise each year that outpaces most other jobs, be sure to check out these 10 positions.

1. Bank Teller

Median Base Pay: $ 30,872

Year-over-Year Growth: 7.5%

What They Do: In addition to handling money—from accepting deposits to dispensing withdrawals—bank tellers are responsible for greeting customers, solving account issues, performing account maintenance, and more. They also need to have a deep knowledge of operating procedures.

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2. Bartender

Median Base Pay: $34,514

Year-over-Year Growth: 6.6%

What They Do: As a bartender, you do more than mix drinks and serve them to customers; you must work quickly, efficiently, and provide excellent customer service. (As you know, you often play therapist, too!)

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3. Pharmacy Technician

Median Base Pay: $32,524

Year-over-Year Growth: 6.8%

What They Do: Working in a pharmacy or hospital setting, a pharmacy technician will give prescription medicines to patients—as well as advise them on over-the-counter options—prepare medications to be issued, and manage medicine supply areas.

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4. Maintenance Worker

Median Base Pay: $42,079

Year-over-Year Growth: 8.2%

What They Do: Whether you work for an apartment building, housing development, or other property, as a maintenance worker, you’re responsible for repairs and other fixes throughout the property, such as plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems.

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5. Property Manager

Median Base Pay: $53,276

Year-over-Year Growth: 6.1%

What They Do: A property manager, as the title implies, manages a property—or multiple properties—by speaking with prospective tenants and active tenants, collecting rent, dealing with maintenance complaints, and pursuing evictions, when necessary.

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6. Financial Advisor

Median Base Pay: $55,242

Year-over-Year Growth: 7.5%

What They Do: They have investment questions, and you have answers. As a financial advisor, it’s your job to guide private clients and business in financial decisions—as well as assess the stock market.

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7. Restaurant Cook

Median Base Pay: $29,404

Year-over-Year Growth: 5.8%

What They Do: In addition to actually cooking food, restaurant cooks have a lot of responsibilities: they clean up the kitchen and prep areas, prepare ingredients for later use, and keep the kitchen a safe place for the entire staff.

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8. Emergency Medical Technician

Median Base Pay: $35,842

Year-over-Year Growth: 5.7%

What They Do: More commonly known as EMTs, emergency medical technicians attend to the sick or injured in emergency situations, offering medical care and transportation.

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9. Programmer Analyst

Median Base Pay: $69,585

Year-over-Year Growth: 5.5%

What They Do: As a programmer analyst, you design, develop, and implement computer programs. That means you’ve got an in-depth knowledge of new tech and tech trends, and often work in teams to get things done.

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10. Attorney

Median Base Pay: $98,916

Year-over-Year Growth: 5%

What They Do: An attorney, or lawyer, counsels and advocates for clients in a variety of sectors—and represents them in criminal and civil sectors. An attorney has to have a deep understanding of the law, and how to apply it to real-life situations for their clients.

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