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10 Employees Who Should Ask For A Pay Raise Today

Outdoor barbecues, jet skis and boogie boards, tanning by the pool, vacations to exotic beaches — some of the best activities that summer has to offer. And this summer, Americans should add one more activity to the must-do list: salary negotiations.


Yes, that’s correct. According to the Glassdoor Local Pay Reports, now is the perfect time to as for a raise for some of America’s key careers. The annual median base pay in the United States grew 2.1 percent since last year to $51,159. However, there are a handful of jobs in which pay has increased the most (more than 2x faster the national average pay growth of 2.1%) since last year.

At the top of the list of occupations that saw the biggest pay gains since 2016? Recruiters.

The U.S. is near full employment which means that to fill open roles, recruiters have to be much more strategic and skilled to poach talent from other companies. Gone are the days when there were so many unemployed people that recruiters could easily find and place talent. Now, skilled recruiters who know how to score the best talent are in high demand by companies nationwide.

“Great recruiters know how to find and entice the right candidates for open positions, it is something of an art. Having an eye for screening candidates and good judgment about who will or will not work for a position is becoming an increasingly valuable skill in a tight labor market,” says Glassdoor chief economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain.

Being in high demand means that it’s the perfect time to renegotiate your salary, recruiters. Capitalize on the big year-over-year pay growth, and go to Know Your Worth to get a customized salary estimate based on your title, company, location and experience. Print it out and negotiate today.

Here are 9 other employees and occupations who have had significant wage growth over the past year. Bank tellers, nurses, warehouse associates,  head to Know Your Worth to find out if you’re paid fairly.


1. Recruiter

  • 7.4% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $51,216

Available Recruiter Jobs

Tek Experts
Colorado Springs, CO
2 days ago 2d
Recruitment Analyst
Oliver James Associates
New York, NY
6 days ago 6d
Digital Marketing Recruiter
Baltimore, MD
2 days ago 2d

2. Customer Service Manager

  • 7.1% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $54,552

Available Customer Service Manager Jobs

Corporate Customer Service Manager
Pete's Fresh Market
Chicago, IL
5 days ago 5d
6 days ago 6d
4 days ago 4d

3. Restaurant Cook

  • 7.0% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $29,097

Available Restaurant Cook Jobs

Restaurant Cook (Seasonal-Full Time)
Sun Communities
Sarasota, FL
3 days ago 3d
Line Cook/Prep Cook
Chicago, IL
1 day ago 1d
Parkview Medical Center
Pueblo, CO
1 day ago 1d

4. Warehouse Associate

  • 6.7% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $40,882

Available Warehouse Associate Jobs

Warehouse Associate
Algona, WA
5 days ago 5d
Warehouse Associate
Callaway Golf
Austin, TX
6 days ago 6d
Warehouse Fulfillment Associate
LEM Products
West Chester, OH
4 days ago 4d

5. Bank Teller

  • 6.1% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $28,744

Available Bank Teller Jobs

PT Teller
The State Bank
Linden, MI
6 days ago 6d
Part-time Relationship Banker
Level One Bank
Grand Rapids, MI
4 days ago 4d
Bank Teller
Kannapolis, NC
6 days ago 6d

6. Store Manager

  • 4.9% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $48,848

Available Store Manager Jobs

Town Pump
Belgrade, MT
1 day ago 1d
Store Manager
Rent One
Rolla, MO
5 days ago 5d
Store Manager
Raleigh, NC
6 days ago 6d

7. Maintenance Worker

  • 5.7% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $43,175

Available Maintenance Worker Jobs

Electric Transmission Grid Operator
American Transmission
Pewaukee, WI
1 day ago 1d
Press Utility Worker
Advance Local
Syracuse, NY
3 days ago 3d
Maintenance/Grounds Worker
C & W
Fort Dodge, IA
4 days ago 4d

8. Cashier

  • 4.6% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $27,492

Available Cashier Jobs

PCC Community Markets
Burien, WA
5 days ago 5d
2 days ago 2d
3 days ago 3d

9. Sales Representative

  • 4.6% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $47,629

Available Sales Representative Jobs

Sales Representative
Northwestern Marketing Concepts
Moss, ID
6 days ago 6d
Inside Sales Representative
Chandler, AZ
5 days ago 5d
Inbound Sales Representative
Safe Streets USA
Chandler, AZ
3 days ago 3d

10. Registered Nurse

  • 4.5% Wage Growth Year Over Year (YOY)
  • Median Base Pay: $66,305

Available Registered Nurse Jobs

6 days ago 6d
Flex Home Health Registered Nurse
Wilkes-Barre, PA
4 days ago 4d
MDS Registered Nurse (RN)
Transforming Age
Vashon, WA
6 days ago 6d


Methodology: Glassdoor’s 10 Employees Who Need to Ask For A Raise Today identifies job titles with the highest percentage wage growth in May 2017 year over year. This list is based on Glassdoor Local Pay Reports which provide a real-time view of wage growth in metro areas across the U.S. based on millions of salaries shared on Glassdoor. Leveraging the same technology and data science behind Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth product, the Local Pay Reports apply a proprietary machine learning algorithm to estimate median base pay by job title, industry and employer size. Full methodology found here, along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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