Local Pay Reports: U.S. Pay Growth Slows to 1.7 Percent in June


July 5, 2017

The latest edition of Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports revealed that U.S. salaries continued to slow their already sluggish pace of growth in June. Median base pay for full-time U.S. workers was up just 1.7 percent year over year in June to $51,324 per year, according to salaries reported online to Glassdoor.

That marks the fifth consecutive month of slowing pay growth, and is the slowest pace we’ve recorded since March 2016. Median U.S. pay growth peaked at 3.1 percent year over year in January, but has fallen each month since — despite a strong economy edging closer to full employment.

This month, we have added 25 new job titles to the Local Pay Reports, and now provide insight into wage growth trends for 84 jobs across the U.S. New job titles include barista, UX designer, pharmacist, delivery driver, and more.

Pay Gains by Metro

Among the ten metros we track, average pay growth was fastest in tech-heavy San Francisco in June (up 2.6 percent year-over-year, to $68,119 per year), followed by Seattle (up 1.9 percent, to $59,812 per year) and New York City (up 1.8 percent, to $60,606 per year).

The slowest average pay growth in June was in Houston (up 0.5 percent, to $54,365 per year), which has seen consistently slow pay growth over the past year. They’re followed by Atlanta (up 0.9 percent, to $52,763 per year), and Washington, D.C. (up 0.9 percent, to $58,426 per year).

You can view our full Local Pay Reports for all ten metros for June 2017 here.

Area Median Base Pay YoY % Change
U.S. National $51,324 1.7%
San Francisco $68,119 2.6%
Seattle $59,812 1.9%
New York City $60,606 1.8%
Chicago $55,554 1.7%
Boston $58,709 1.7%
Los Angeles $59,139 1.2%
Philadelphia $54,014 0.9%
Washington, D.C. $58,426 0.9%
Atlanta $52,763 0.9%
Houston $54,365 0.5%


Jobs with the Fastest Pay Growth

This month, we’re happy to announce that we’ve added 25 new job titles to our monthly Local Pay Reports, offering a more detailed view of pay throughout the nation. Among the nearly 85 job titles we track each month, here are the top ten jobs with the fastest growth in U.S. median base pay from one year ago in June:

Job Title Median Base Pay YoY % Change
Recruiter $51,585 8.4%
Barista $24,593 7.7%
Restaurant Cook $29,025 7.2%
Claims Adjuster $51,320 6.6%
Customer Service Manager $54,054 6.4%
Bank Teller $28,870 6.2%
Warehouse Associate $41,442 4.9%
Maintenance Worker $44,018 4.8%
Pharmacy Technician $30,696 4.5%
Delivery Driver $38,660 4.3%

There are several consistent themes in the June report:

  • First, pay gains remain strong for recruiters; with the economy near full employment, employers are relying more on passive job candidates, putting recruiters in high demand.
  • Finally, pharmacy techs are experiencing rapid pay gains that are more than twice the national average — a pattern we see among several in-demand health care jobs.

Lowest Pay-Growth Jobs

Here are the ten jobs with the lowest wage growth in June, compared to one year ago:

Job Title Median Base Pay YoY % Change
Loan Officer $44,306 -5.3%
Design Engineer $69,490 -3.8%
Operations Analyst $52,412 -2.5%
Network Engineer $68,809 -2.2%
Physical Therapist $73,444 -1.8%
Business Development Manager $67,246 -1.8%
Pharmacist $124,391 -1.6%
Tax Manager $90,732 -1.2%
Financial Advisor $53,522 -1.2%
Java Developer $71,401 -0.9%


Highest Paying Jobs

Jobs with the highest pay growth aren’t always the ones with the highest earning potential. Here are the jobs with the highest U.S. median base pay from our June Local Pay Reports:

Job Title Median Base Pay YoY % Change
Pharmacist $124,391 -1.6%
Solutions Architect $102,637 -0.4%
Attorney $96,519 0.6%
Data Scientist $95,297 2.9%
Tax Manager $90,732 -1.2%
Product Manager $90,323 1.9%
Professor $86,399 1.2%
Software Engineer $85,880 2.8%
UX Designer $78,958 4.0%
Systems Engineer $78,042 3.3%

The highest paying jobs in June were dominated by three fields: Health care, tech, and professional services. Several new job titles appeared in this month’s list of highest base pay jobs, including pharmacist, solutions architect, and UX designer.  

Lowest Paying Jobs

Here is a list of the ten lowest paying jobs in the June Local Pay Reports:

Job Title Median Base Pay YoY % Change
Barista $24,593 7.7%
Cashier $27,375 4.1%
Certified Nursing Assistant $28,011 3.8%
Bank Teller $28,870 6.2%
Retail Key Holder $28,994 -0.1%
Restaurant Cook $29,025 7.2%
Pharmacy Technician $30,696 4.5%
Research Assistant $30,810 3.1%
Bartender $32,400 1.2%
Medical Assistant $32,879 1.6%

You can view the full list of highest and lowest paying jobs as of June 2017here.

How Does it Work?

Like the Know Your Worth tool by Glassdoor, Local Pay Reports incorporate millions of salaries directly collected from U.S. workers by Glassdoor and apply a proprietary machine-learning algorithm to estimate near-real-time trends in local pay for ten U.S. metros and the nation as a whole.

The Local Pay Reports estimate year-over-year growth in median base salaries by job title for nearly 85 jobs across more than 15 job categories including healthcare, technology, retail and more. The reports also estimate median base pay by industry and employer size, and provide a monthly trend of metro-level median base pay for each local market over the past four years.

Our new Local Pay Reports fill an important gap in our knowledge about wage growth at the local level for specific jobs. Official BLS “Occupational Employment Statistics” are updated only once per year, and use broad occupational groupings that can be confusing for job seekers. Local Pay Reports are released monthly—using the latest data from Glassdoor—and show pay for actual job titles that are easy for non-economists to understand.

Read more in our full methodology and FAQs.

Monthly Jobs Report Expectations

The latest jobs report from the federal government is due out on Friday. This month, we expect to see 146,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate steady at 4.3 percent in June. See our full analysis for more commentary and predictions here.

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Press inquiries: To speak with Dr. Andrew Chamberlain about this month’s report, email pr@glassdoor.com. Follow him on Twitter: @adchamberlain.