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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

Market Research Analyst
JM Search
King of Prussia, PA
2 days ago 2d
Technical Recruiter
Charlestown, MA
12 hours ago 12h
Recruiting Coordinator
CRST International
Fort Wayne, IN
3 days ago 3d

2. Customer Service Manager

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

Available Customer Service Manager Jobs

Customer Service Manager
Penske Automotive Group
Phoenix, AZ
3 days ago 3d
Customer Service Specialist
Money Management International
Phoenix, AZ
4 days ago 4d
Shop Service Technician
Coastline Equipment
Long Beach, CA
3 days ago 3d

3. Restaurant Cook

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

Available Restaurant Cook Jobs

Traditions Spirits
Thackerville, OK
3 days ago 3d
Line Cook
Hojeij Branded Food
Atlanta, GA
4 days ago 4d
Line Cook
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Chantilly, VA
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
Goodwill TalentBridge
Wheeling, IL
4 days ago 4d
Warehouse Associate
The Home Depot
McDonough, GA
3 days ago 3d
1 day ago 1d

5. Bank Teller

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

Available Bank Teller Jobs

San Antonio, TX
14 hours ago 14h
Full Time Teller
Star Bank
Elbow Lake, MN
2 days ago 2d
Pt Bank Teller
Emprise Bank
Rose Hill, VA
14 hours ago 14h

6. Store Manager

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

Available Store Manager Jobs

Store Manager (Live On-Site)
Extra Space
Capitol Heights, MD
13 hours ago 13h
Grocery Store Manager
Mackenthun's FIne Foods
Montgomery, MN
1 day ago 1d
1 day ago 1d

7. Maintenance Worker

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

Available Maintenance Worker Jobs

Building Maintenance Worker
Coca-Cola of Northern New England
East Hartford, CT
13 hours ago 13h
Kenosha County
Kenosha, WI
18 hours ago 18h
Social Worker - Case Management - PRN
Montrose Memorial Hospital
Montrose, CO
1 day ago 1d

8. Cashier

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

Available Cashier Jobs

Edley's Bar-B-Que
Nashville, TN
1 day ago 1d
Sinclair Cashier/Stocker
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
Pojoaque, NM
1 day ago 1d
Cashier - Tipped
Traditions Spirits
Thackerville, OK
3 days ago 3d

9. Sales Representative

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

Available Sales Representative Jobs

Inside Sales Representative
Right! Systems, Inc
Bellevue, WA
2 days ago 2d
Sales Development Representative
Boca Raton, FL
3 days ago 3d
Sales Representative
Vandalia, OH
3 days ago 3d

10. Registered Nurse

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

Available Registered Nurse Jobs

Registered Nurse - RN
HCR ManorCare
Hyattsville, MD
2 days ago 2d
Registered Nurse, Unit Coordinator
Sentara Healthcare
Lake Ridge, VA
6 days ago 6d
Registered Nurse
Partnership HealthPlan of California
Santa Rosa, CA
2 days ago 2d


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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