Salary Guides: Biggest Increases for 2017 May Surprise You

By Robert Half on October 20, 2016 at 7:00pm

Hiring managers don’t need anyone to tell them the job market is tough right now for employers. But they could benefit from salary guides that help them keep their job offers competitive.

With unemployment rates for many specialized positions even lower than the national rate (which is itself the lowest it’s been since 2008), companies need to make sure their salary ranges are in line with, or ideally a bit higher than, what other firms are offering in the same area. And that’s where Robert Half’s 2017 Salary Guides come in.

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The Robert Half Salary Guides include salary ranges for hundreds of professional-level positions in a variety of fields, along with industry-specific hiring trends. (To localize salaries in your market, use the handy Robert Half Salary Calculator.) On average, starting salaries will rise by 3.6 percent in 2017. But the positions seeing the biggest increases might surprise you:

Accounting and Finance

Starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals are expected to rise by an average of 3.7 percent in 2017. The following positions are leading the pack in terms of salary range increases:

  • 4.3 percent: Financial analysts with 1 to 3 years’ experience
  • 4.3 percent: Business systems analyst managers
  • 4.2 percent: Internal auditors with 1 to 3 years’ experience


Professionals in the administrative field will see salaries rise in 2017 by an average of 3.5 percent, and certain specialties — especially in the healthcare arena — will command even bigger increases:

  • 4.0 percent: Administrative assistants
  • 4.0 percent: Medical customer service representatives
  • 4.0 percent: Certified professional coders

Creative and Marketing

Salary guide research forecasts a bright 2017 for creative professionals, with an average salary increase of 3.6 percent for 2017. The average increases for people working in interactive design are even higher:

  • 7.2 percent: Front-end web developers with 1 to 3 years' experience
  • 6.8 percent: Mobile designers
  • 6.1 percent: User experience designers with 3 to 5 years' experience


Salaries for lawyers and paralegals are anticipated to rise by 3.6 percent in 2017, but salary ranges for these legal specialties are skyrocketing:

  • 8.9 percent: Litigation support/eDiscovery directors with more than 10 years’ experience
  • 6.9 percent: Lawyers with 4 to 9 years of experience
  • 6.9 percent: Compliance managers with 7 to 9 years’ experience


On the whole, salaries for IT and tech professionals will rise by an average of 3.8 percent in 2017, but people in the following positions are likely to see increases that are considerably higher:

  • 6.4 percent: Data scientists
  • 5.8 percent: Big data engineers
  • 5.7 percent: Network security engineers

Hiring in-demand professionals doesn’t have to be a headache. Get our Salary Guides and reach out to your local Robert Half office for assistance today!

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