15 jobs with the biggest salary increasesArticle added by Lynette Gil on January 21, 2016
Lynette Gil

Lynette Gil

Joined: June 02, 2014

You have read or seen the news about the federal minimum wage increase, but what about pay increases elsewhere? CareerTrends, a website that offers career information, compiles the most recent available data from the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (run by the state of Utah under contract with the U.S. Department of Labor) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in order to answer this question. CareerTrends then ranked the jobs according to their percent increase in salary from 2010 to 2015. Only jobs with at least 1,000 employees were considered for compiling the list.

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What does this mean for advisors everywhere? The increase in wages also presents an opportunity to better serve the middle market, since now there will be more investible assets that you can manage.

While some careers might appear odd to you at first, there are plenty of opportunities to advise these clients. Rail yard engineers and animal breeders need to know how to handle their long-term health care planning or their long-term financial plan, just like any other professional.

What about jobs within the financial industry? Personal financial advisers — yes, with an “e” — and brokerage clerks also made it on this list at fairly impressive rankings.

While the CareerTrends list includes 25 occupations in total, here you will find the top 15 jobs:



No. 15: Rail yard engineers
  • Percent increase: 20.8%
  • 2010 average salary: $35,014
  • 2015 average salary: $42,301
  • Employment: 3,900


No. 14: Petroleum engineers
  • Percent increase: 21.3%
  • 2010 average salary: $97,307
  • 2015 average salary: $118,063
  • Employment: 33,740


No. 13: Conservation Science Professors

  • Percent increase: 21.8%
  • 2010 average salary: $63,096
  • 2015 average salary: $76,870
  • Employment: 1,850


No. 12: Personal financial advisers
  • Percent increase: 22.3%
  • 2010 average salary: $65,672
  • 2015 average salary: $80,285
  • Employment: 196,490


No. 11: Brokerage clerks
  • Percent increase: 22.7%
  • 2010 average salary: $35,219
  • 2015 average salary: $43,221
  • Employment: 57,240


No. 10: Air traffic controllers

  • Percent increase: 23.1%
  • 2010 average salary: $80,968
  • 2015 average salary: $99,658
  • Employment: 22,860


No. 9: Animal breeders
  • Percent increase: 23.8%
  • 2010 average salary: $30,532
  • 2015 average salary: $37,796
  • Employment: 1,110


No. 8: Actors
  • Percent increase: 25%
  • 2010 average salary: $36,609
  • 2015 average salary: $45,773
  • Employment: 59,210


No. 7: Marine engineers

  • Percent increase: 25.3%
  • 2010 average salary: $69,829
  • 2015 average salary: $87,479
  • Employment: 7,570


No. 6: Makeup artists
  • Percent increase: 27%
  • 2010 average salary: $37,822
  • 2015 average salary: $48,043
  • Employment: 2,610


No. 5: Survey researchers
  • Percent increase: 28.8%
  • 2010 average salary: $36,895
  • 2015 average salary: $47,532
  • Employment: 15,410


No. 4: Costume attendants

  • Percent increase: 30.8%
  • 2010 average salary: $28,104
  • 2015 average salary: $36,754
  • Employment: 6,270


No. 3: Mathematical technicians
  • Percent increase: 30.9%
  • 2010 average salary: $41,272
  • 2015 average salary: $54,027
  • Employment: 1,060


No. 2: Funeral service managers

  • Percent increase: 35%
  • 2010 average salary: $52,471
  • 2015 average salary: $70,831
  • Employment: 8,330

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No. 1: Hunters and trappers
  • Percent increase: 82.2%
  • 2010 average salary: $23,784
  • 2015 average salary: $43,347
  • Employment: 31,000
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