When you take a job, you usually do so with the expectation that your salary will go up after a while. But budget constraints, downturns in the market, and utterances of “it’s just not the right time” can sometimes get in the way of that. With the eight positions below, though, the proof is in the pudding — our Local Pay Reports data offers concrete evidence of an increase in pay. And they’re varied enough to appeal to a broad swath of people with different levels of education, experience, and backgrounds.
Take a look at the positions below, and apply now — it’s never too late to make an investment in your career.
Median Salary: $54,273
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 7.40%
Customer Service Manager positions have a lot going for them — they’re available at a wide variety of companies, they’re projected to grow by a faster-than-average clip of 10 percent between 2014 and 2024, and they can help you hone your relationship management, organizational, and leadership skills. And, with the right negotiation tactics, you can pull in a solid salary that will only go up.
Median Salary: $35,135
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 5.20%
If you’re interested in the fast-paced world of emergency medicine, there are few positions better suited to you than Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). EMTs are the first responders to emergency situations, and their quick thinking and quality patient care can literally save lives. Along with an increasing salary, the job outlook for EMTs is very healthy as well — between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of EMT jobs will skyrocket by 24 percent.
Median Salary: $66,006
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 4.50%
It’s hard to imagine a more rewarding job than caring for patients. But if that weren’t enough, Registered Nurses also have a starting salary well above the US median base pay of $51,336, with paychecks trending upwards. And if you work your way up through the ranks, you may be rewarded with a Nurse Manager position, which cracked our Best Jobs in America list.
Median Salary: $43,966
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 4.40%
As the Geico Gecko or Progressive’s Flo can tell you, the Insurance Agent life is a sweet one. Beyond a rapidly growing salary, you’ll engage in meaningful work, build lasting relationships with clients and gain a whole lot of knowledge along the way.
Median Salary: $52,219
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 4.20%
With the housing market on the up-and-up, now’s a great time to become a Property Manager — the person tasked with managing tenants and maintaining various properties under a landlord. If you have an interest in real estate, enjoy working with your hands, and know how to set and stick to a budget, this could be a great option for you. And, like a well-maintained property, the value of this career may just continue to grow over the years.
Median Salary: $55,640
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 4.10%
This one’s for all of the former mathletes out there. Accountants, tasked with managing a business’s financial records, receive a pretty penny as it is. But their salary is also seeing a meaningful year-to-year increase. As with Registered Nurses, it pays to climb the ladder in this career path — Accounting Manager made the Best Jobs in America list with a high job satisfaction score, occupational outlook, and salary.
Median Salary: $39,729
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 3.50%
Administrative Assistants are truly the unsung heroes of the workplace. Behind every executive and major launch, there’s almost always an assistant behind it to coordinate schedules, streamline communication, and generally keep things on track. While a career in its own right, being an Administrative Assistant is also a great launch pad for other positions — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Executive Director of J. Crew, and the Editor-in-Chief of Glamour all started out as assistants.
Median Salary: $52,973
Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 3.00%
Technical Editors are professionals who review and revise written documents for grammar, factual accuracy, style, flow, and more. Their technical prowess earns them a decent salary, and they’ve seen a healthy salary increase since last year. If you’re interested in the intersection of art and science, this position might be the one for you.