9 jobs that are seeing the fastest pay increases

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Pharmacy technicians are faring well when it comes to wage growth.
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Salary is oftentimes the big number we think of when we talk about compensation.

But it’s important not to forget about wage growth. After all, that’s what determines whether or not your pay stagnates or increases over time.

Because, when it comes to wage growth, not all jobs are created equal.

Glassdoor, an online jobs and careers community, recently released its latest monthly Local Pay Report. The August report takes into account anonymous salary reports for specific job titles, industries, and employers.

Here are the jobs that saw the fastest year-over-year wage growth in August 2017 and were well above the national average wage growth of 2%:


9. Producers

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Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Producers oversee the production of projects in a range of media from movies to news broadcasts to radio shows.

Percent wage growth year-over-year:3.5%

Median base pay: $52,935


7 (tie). Cashiers

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Cashiers work at the cash register in retail stores.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 3.7%

Median base pay: $27,701


7 (tie). Pharmacy technicians

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Reuters/Gary Cameron

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists, dispensing prescription drugs to patients.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 3.7%

Median base pay: $30,592


6. Restaurant cooks

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Lou Stejskal/Flickr

Restaurant cooks prepare food for consumption in restaurants.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 4.7%

Median base pay: $28,628


5. Bank tellers

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr

Bank tellers work in the front line of the banking industry, dealing directly with customers.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 4.9%

Median base pay: $28,636


4. Recruiters

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University of the Fraser Valley/Flickr

Recruiters help institutions find, vet, and hire new employees.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 5.2%

Median base pay: $50,483


1 (tie). Insurance agents

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Flickr / HA1-000369

Insurance agents sell insurance policies.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 5.7%

Median base pay: $43,652


1 (tie). Baristas

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Jörg Weingrill/Flickr

Baristas prepare beverages at coffee shops.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 5.7%

Median base pay: $24,194


1 (tie). Truck drivers

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REUTERS/Jim Young

Truck drivers drive different kinds of trucks, hauling and delivering a wide range goods over various distances.

Percent wage growth year-over-year: 5.7%

Median base pay: $52,079