Wages for low-paying jobs are finally going up. Here are the 10 jobs with the biggest salary spikes in the past year.

Andrew Toth/GettyBartenders and other traditionally low-wage jobs experienced the fastest pay growth in 2019.
  • Ten years after the Great Recession, wage increases have been gaining steam across the US.
  • The lowest 25% of earners are experiencing the highest wage growth, thanks in part to minimum-wage hikes in 2019.
  • Bartenders, truck drivers, and cashiers are some of the low-wage jobs benefitting the most, according to a Glassdoor report released Tuesday that looked into wage changes across different jobs.
  • Here are the 10 jobs with the fastest-growing pay.
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Pay is finally increasing for low-wage workers, according to new reports.

Ten years after the Great Recession, the US Labour Department on Friday announced that average hourly earnings had topped 3% growth year-over-year for the ninth straight month. Recently, wage growth has been highest for the lowest 25% of earners, in part because of minimum-wage hikes.

The wage growth is also most likely being sparked by a tightening labour market, which is forcing employers of even the lowest-paid workers to raise pay or risk losing their staff to the competition, according to the economist Ernie Tedeschi.

Some of the jobs most benefitting from the wage increases have included bartenders, truck drivers, and cashiers, according to a separate Glassdoor Job Market Report. The report, released Tuesday, provides month-to-month insight on job openings and pay changes using data from the website.

“Job openings are like a crystal ball into employer expectations of the US economy,” Daniel Zhao, a senior economist at Glassdoor, said in a release. “Employers can open or close job postings instantly in response to fast-changing economic trends or world events.”


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The report found that job openings in the US had fallen slightly from last year, indicating a “slowing labour market,” Zhao said. Wages increased 1.4% year-over-year in April across all industries, according to Glassdoor data.

While the jobs that experienced the fastest pay growth tended to ones that paid low, jobs in manufacturing, like machine and material operators, also experienced wage growth despite projections that the industry would suffer from President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese products.

Here are the jobs that saw wages increase the most year-over-year in April:


10. Web developers saw pay increase 3.5% from last year.

Job category: Technology

Median base pay in 2018: $US64,912

Median base pay in 2019: $US67,158


9. Security officers saw pay increase 3.6% from last year.

Job category: Operations

Median base pay in 2018: $US34,419

Median base pay in 2019: $US35,646


8. Machine operators saw pay increase 4% from last year.

Job category: Labour

Median base pay in 2018:$US38,347

Median base pay in 2019: $US39,870


7. Office managers saw pay increase 4.2% from last year.

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Job category: Professional services

Median base pay in 2018:$US46,108

Median base pay in 2019: $US48,060


6. Cashiers saw pay increase 4.6% from last year.

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Job category: Retail

Median base pay in 2018: $US26,590

Median base pay in 2019: $US27,821


5. Truck drivers saw pay increase 4.6% from last year.

Job category: Labour

Median base pay in 2018:$US53,283

Median base pay in 2019: $US55,741


4. Bank tellers saw pay increase 4.6% from last year.

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Job category: Finance

Median base pay in 2018:$US30,506

Median base pay in 2019: $US31,915


3. Material handlers saw pay increase 4.9% from last year.

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Job category: Manufacturing

Median base pay in 2018:$US35,613

Median base pay in 2019: $US37,350


2. Pharmacy technicians saw pay increase 7.4% from last year.

Job category: Health

Median base pay in 2018:$US29,422

Median base pay in 2019: $US31,609


1. Bartenders saw pay increase 9.6% from last year.

Job category: Food services

Median base pay in 2018:$US32,225

Median base pay in 2019: $US35,309

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