Although the nation's professional workforce is expected to post an average of a 4.1% base pay increase in 2016, technology workers overall are expected to fare better with a 5.3% increase. Thanks to an increasing focus on digital strategy among businesses, several "creative" positions are set to cash in as well, according to the 2016 Salary Guide from staffing firm Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.
Wireless network engineers in particular will be rolling in the dough, with an anticipated base pay increase approaching double-digit growth next year. Meanwhile, creative jobs like multimedia designers and content strategists are expected to post higher gains than the overall national bump and the tech sector.
"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, in a statement.
The recently released salary guide forecasts compensation trends across a wide array of technology positions based on data from thousands of interim and full-time job placements each year, as well as surveys of 2,400-2,500 CIOs and other IT professionals conducted by Robert Half.
In the race to fill vacant positions with high-caliber talent, some companies -- including Fortune 500 players -- have resorted to offering unlimited vacation time and generous perks on the company campus like free gourmet meals, to massages, to more unusual benefits like office decorating budgets and helicopter rides.
Recruiting techniques have also undergone some changes as companies seek to get an edge when wooing technology and creative workers. Some of the techniques include providing the latest and coolest tools for workers to use and providing opportunities to work on exciting projects. Other recruiting techniques include offering opportunities for professional development and for working remotely.
With a combination of lavish perks and above-market pay, companies are aiming to hook potential employees for their engineering and big data positions, as well as their creative slots, according to Robert Half Technology. The staffing firm has found that highly skilled and experienced IT workers frequently receive multiple job offers, even when they aren't pounding the pavement looking for work.
This environment helps explain some of the salary pops in these eight careers. Is your job on the list? Even if it isn't, are you expecting to see a jump in your pay next year? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below.Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio