2017 Salary Guides Disclose Hiring Trends for More Than 750 Professional Occupations

Newly released 2017 Salary Guides from Robert Half show that national average starting salaries for U.S. professional occupations are expected to increase 3.6 percent next year.

The technology sector leads with a projected 3.8 percent average gain in pay, followed by accounting and finance roles, with salaries expected to rise an average of 3.7 percent. Workers in both the legal and creative fields can each anticipate average compensation increases of 3.6 percent, and administrative staff can expect starting pay gains of 3.5 percent in 2017.

“With skilled professionals in high demand and short supply, more employers are willing to negotiate compensation with potential hires,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. “To remain competitive, especially in the technology and finance fields, it’s crucial to have a solid understanding of salary trends for specific roles in your area and move quickly when making offers. Top candidates are receiving multiple job offers and will lose interest when faced with a lengthy hiring process.”

Learn more in this summary of findings from the 2017 Salary Guides.

Read the complete 2017 Salary Guides.