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11 Jobs with the Biggest Pay Raises

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Looking for a pay raise? If your performance review or salary negotiations didn’t go as planned, you may be eyeing a new job. After all, Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports this month revealed that not only are wages up 3.0% year over year, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently showed the U.S. economy added an average of 178,000  jobs so far this year.

It’s time to strike while the iron is hot.

Making a career pivot to some industries like education, healthcare and retail may pay off — big time. To help, Glassdoor is here to highlight 11 jobs with the biggest pay raises based on the most recent Local Pay Reports.

Apply now and deposit a bigger paycheck this year!

1. Professor

2017 Median Base Pay: $91,110

2016 Median Base Pay: $84,127

Year-Over-Year Growth: 8.3%

Details: Professors typically teach courses in a wide variety of subjects within a college or advanced-degree program. They work directly with students who are studying for a degree or a certificate or certification or are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills.

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2. Store Manager

2017 Median Base Pay: $49,363

2016 Median Base Pay: $45,749

Year-Over-Year Growth: 7.9%

Details: Working in retail demands superb customer service and teamwork abilities. Employers look for candidates with strong communication skills who can offer convincing sales pitches, handle busy stores, and politely assist any kind of customer. Retail environments often get hectic, so be prepared to role-play a stressful situation, such as multiple customers vying for your attention.

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3. Recruiter

2017 Median Base Pay: $51,915

2016 Median Base Pay: $48,338

Year-Over-Year Growth: 7.4%

Details: A recruiter’s job is to fill job vacancies with qualified candidates. They work to meet both the demands of the employer and the potential employee. Recruiters screen applicants to see if they meet the minimum requirements of the advertised job. They then review applicant’s’ credentials and assess their professional presence and social skills. It is up to recruiters to judge for both a professional and cultural fit. Recruiters typically have a bachelor’s degree in human resources and may need a certification as a human resources professional. Work experience as a customer service representation or intern is also recommended.

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4. Warehouse Associate

2017 Median Base Pay: $40,390

2016 Median Base Pay: $37,996

Year-Over-Year Growth: 6.3%

Details: Warehouse positions require employees to perform manual labor for long periods of time while adhering to strict safety regulations. In an interview, be prepared to answer questions about how you would stay focused throughout long shifts that may exceed eight hours as well as how you would prevent safety violations. As most warehouses operate around the clock, positions often require you to work night shifts and on weekends or holidays.

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5. Cashier

2017 Median Base Pay: $27,860

2016 Median Base Pay: $26,358

Year-Over-Year Growth: 5.7%

Details: Employers are looking to hire cashiers with great customer service skills and experience handling cash. In preparation for an interview, come ready to answer role-play questions that will assess your ability to appease difficult customers under stressful circumstances. Make sure to showcase a positive and easy-to-work-with attitude that will convince your interviewer you’re right for the job.

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6. Retail Key Holder

2017 Median Base Pay: $29,846

2016 Median Base Pay: $28,263

Year-Over-Year Growth: 5.6%

Details: A retail key holder is responsible for running the day-to-day activities of the store. He or she opens in the morning, sets up the store and checks in employees before tackling customer service issues and the normal daily operations of a retail store. Retail key holders must be responsible and attentive to detail, and because of retail schedules, the position often requires you work weekends and evenings.

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7. Bank Teller

2017 Median Base Pay: $28,409

2016 Median Base Pay: $26,954

Year-Over-Year Growth: 5.4%

Details: Employers hiring bank tellers are looking for candidates who can provide superb customer service regardless of stressful circumstances. Expect a lot of situational or role-play questions that will assess your ability to diffuse unsatisfied customers and handle money professionally. In addition, bank tellers must also be comfortable with counting and handling bills efficiently and accurately, so come prepared to answer a mental math counting teaser.

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8. Attorney

2017 Median Base Pay: $99,758

2016 Median Base Pay: $94,737

Year-Over-Year Growth: 5.3%

Details: Also called a lawyer, attorneys act as an advocate for his or her client to counsel them on legal matters and represent them in civil or criminal court proceedings.  After earning a Bachelor’s Degree, those pursuing a career in law must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), attend law school, earn a J.D. degree (Juris Doctor), work in the first and pass a state bar examination.

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9. Restaurant Cook

2017 Median Base Pay: $28,792

2016 Median Base Pay: $27,421

Year-Over-Year Growth: 5.0%

Details: Cooks are responsible for preparing ingredients and assembling dishes according to restaurant recipes and the head chef. Since restaurant kitchens can be fast-paced, noisy and hot, restaurant cooks need to be able to work efficiently and under pressure to thrive.

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10. Operations Manager

2017 Median Base Pay: $66,575

2016 Median Base Pay: $63,647

Year-Over-Year Growth: 4.6%

Details: Employers want operations managers with the leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills to effectively manage daily operations, evaluate operational costs, and make personnel decisions. Be prepared to discuss your management style as well as your experience handling conflicts and motivating teams to meet deadlines. You should also be ready to answer operational questions such as how you would improve processes to cut costs. A bachelor’s degree in management or a similar field of study is required, with a master’s degree being ideal.

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11. Data Analyst

2017 Median Base Pay: $58,760

2016 Median Base Pay: $56,392

Year-Over-Year Growth: 4.2%

Details: Data analysts take company data and translate it into valuable insights that are used to make the best business decisions. There many different types of data analysts spanning across different industries, including operations analysts, marketing analysts, financial analysts among others. Most data analysts have a bachelor’s degree in an analytical field like applied mathematics, computer science or statistics.

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Editor’s Note: The 11 Jobs With the Biggest Pay Raises article is based on Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports for March 2017. Based on millions of anonymous salary reports shared on Glassdoor, the Local Pay Reports apply a proprietary machine-learning algorithm to estimate median annual base pay for full-time workers. March 2017 figures are current as of March 29, 2017. All year-over-year estimates for median salary growth are based on 3-month moving averages. The Glassdoor Local Pay Reports provide a unique view into how salaries for more than 60 job titles across multiple industries have grown or declined compared to last year in the United States and five major metros: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. The full methodology, including how salaries are estimated, can be found here. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. This report takes into account base pay, not total compensation.