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Report reveals tech, creative jobs with notable salary growth

Robert Half Salary Guides outlines 8 Roles expected to see sizable salary gains


As companies increase their focus on digital strategy, salaries are rising for professionals with expertise in this area. The 2016 Salary Guides from staffing specialists Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group show that base salaries in the technology and creative fields are expected to rise 5.0 per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, in the coming year. But some roles are projected to see even bigger pay bumps.

“Finding professionals capable of integrating seamless digital functionality to enhance and evolve business processes continues to prove challenging for companies,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of The Creative Group and Robert Half Technology. “Whether it be in creating intuitive online user-experiences, defining an optimized content strategy or developing comprehensive data-mining software, the pool for skilled creative and IT professionals is limited. Candidates now have the upper hand in the job market, with increased opportunity to explore positions that offer higher salaries and more engaging projects.”

The following eight high-paying jobs are expected to see substantial increases in average starting salary in 2016, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides*:

RoleSalary Increase from 2015Average Starting Salary
1Data Scientist8.5%$96,750 – $127,250
2Wireless Network Engineer8.2%$104,000 – $136,000
3Mobile Applications Developer8.1%$99,750 – $143,500
4Big Data Engineer7.8%$117,000 – $150,500
5User Interface Developer4.1%$81,250 – $146,250
6Multimedia Designer3.1%$56,750 – $85,000
7Content Strategist3.0%$71,500 – $92,250
8User Experience (UX) Specialist2.5%$70,250 – $125,000

 Robert Half Career Salary Report