For the past few years, the average pay raise has hovered at around 3%, and that won’t change much this year.
MarketWatch staffer Catey Hill looks at data newly released from staffing and HR services firm Randstad US that notes that 3.1% is the average base salary increase over last year. Hill notes that there are some dramatic exceptions to the rule. She writes:
Electromechanical technicians — who do things like operate, test and maintain robots and other automated equipment — saw a more than 9% raise, the highest among the thousands of jobs examined. This may be thanks, in part, to the fact that the manufacturing sector is increasingly becoming automated — in 2015, orders and shipments for robots in North America jumped 14% and hit new records, according to the Robotic Industries Association, an industry trade group — upping the demand for workers who have these skills.
Here are the others of note.