Eight Roles Expected to See Sizable Salary Gains In 2016

11.20.2015
HR & Safety

As companies increase their focus on digital strategy, salaries are rising for professionals with expertise in this area.
The 2016 Salary Guides from staffing specialists Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group show that base salaries in the technology and creative fields are expected to increase 5.3% and 3.8%, respectively, in the coming year.
But some roles are projected to see even bigger pay bumps.

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From Robert Half Technology’s 2016 Salary Guide.

“Companies continue to struggle to find professionals who can help create seamless digital experiences – from collecting and analyzing customer data to building secure e-commerce environments to providing intuitive, easy-to-navigate websites,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.
“Strong demand and a limited supply of professionals with digital competencies have put jobseekers in the driver’s seat. Businesses risk losing good people to prospective employers who promise more money or new challenges.”
The following eight high-paying jobs are expected to see substantial increases in average starting salary in 2016, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides:

Role %  Increase
from 2015
Average Starting
Salary
Wireless Network
Engineer
9.7% $108,750 – $150,750
Big Data Engineer 8.9% $129,500 – $183,500
Data Scientist 8.9% $109,000 – $153,750
Mobile Applications
Developer
8.2% $115,250 – $175,750
Content Strategist 8.1% $77,500 – $109,000
Multimedia Designer 6.3% $61,750 – $91,000
User Experience (UX)
Specialist
5.9% $86,500 – $132,500
User Interface (UI)
Developer
5.9% $87,500 – $132,000

All salaries listed are U.S. national averages based on data published in the 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. Actual projected salary ranges may vary depending on location.
More information about these and other potentially high-paying career opportunities, including job descriptions, can be found in the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of information technology positions, and The Creative Group 2016 Salary Guide, which focuses on interactive, design and marketing jobs.

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