People with these 20 jobs got the biggest pay raises over the past 12 months

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Want a big raise? Consider one of these jobs.
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We all hope to see our paychecks grow every year, but for many, raises are few and far between – or they’re so small they hardly make a difference.

In fact, the national average for salary increase is 2.2%, according to the BLS. But that’s certainly not the case for everyone.

To find out who saw the biggest spikes in salary over the past 12 months, Glassdoor looked at total pay data (which includes base pay, tips, commissions, bonuses, and all other forms of pay) for people in all professions and pinpointed the 20 jobs for which people reported the most significant growth between September 2014 and September 2015.

For a job title to be eligible for the report, it had to have at least 500 salary reports shared by US-based employees on Glassdoor between September 2013 and today.

“This jobs report is helpful for anyone who may be thinking about a new job, and wants to go into a role where salary is increasing more than average,” says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s community expert. “What’s especially interesting about the results is the wide variety of jobs, showing that pay is rising across tech and healthcare jobs in particular, which isn’t a big surprise, but also in retail and food services. We’re likely seeing an increase there due to the minimum wage and fair wage debates continuing.”

Here are the 20 jobs with the biggest pay raises over the past 12 months:


20. Software engineer

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Adam Berry/Getty Images

Total pay for 2015: $105,000Total pay for 2014:$102,100% increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 23,859


19. Network engineer

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Arjuna Kodisinghe/shutterstock

Total pay for 2015: $87,903Total pay for 2014:$85,360% increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 3,621


18. Web developer

Total pay for 2015: $68,407Total pay for 2014:$66,365% increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 2,688


17. Cook

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Tripp/flickr

Total pay for 2015: $20,000Total pay for 2014:$19,400% increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 9,159


16. Cashier

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Thomson Reuters

Total pay for 2015: $18,000Total pay for 2014:$17,420% increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 16,375


15. Project engineer

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/flickr

Total pay for 2015: $75,000Total pay for 2014:$72,542% increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 2,323


14. Research associate

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U.S. Army RDECOM/flickr

Total pay for 2015: $51,948Total pay for 2014:$50,233% increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 1,012


13. Branch manager

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Flickr / Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Total pay for 2015: $63,500Total pay for 2014:$61,260% increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 3,018


12. Personal banker

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Minerva Studio/shutterstock

Total pay for 2015: $41,861Total pay for 2014:$40,373% increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 1,063


11. Programmer analyst

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Flickr.com/alper

Total pay for 2015: $79,638Total pay for 2014:$76,575% increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 1,314


10. Research scientist

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AFP / Stringer / Getty Images

Total pay for 2015: $85,000Total pay for 2014:$81,680% increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 597


9. Systems analyst

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Natalia D./shutterstock

Total pay for 2015: $80,000Total pay for 2014:$76,575% increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 1,796


8. Financial analyst

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Tech Hub/flickr

Total pay for 2015: $71,550Total pay for 2014:$68,397% increase from 2014 to 2015: 5%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 5,544


7. Certified nursing assistant

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications/flicke

Total pay for 2015: $25,000Total pay for 2014:$23,840% increase from 2014 to 2015: 5%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 9,734


6. Customer service manager

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Bloomberg/Getty

Total pay for 2015: $34,780Total pay for 2014:$33,051% increase from 2014 to 2015: 5%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 4,034


5. Barista

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PROAlper Çuğun/flickr

Total pay for 2015: $23,600Total pay for 2014:$22,249% increase from 2014 to 2015: 6%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 997


4. Pharmacy technician

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Army Medicine/flickr

Total pay for 2015: $26,000Total pay for 2014:$24,500% increase from 2014 to 2015: 6%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 14,318


3. Sales consultant

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Flickr/Victor1558

Total pay for 2015: $49,008Total pay for 2014:$45,945% increase from 2014 to 2015: 7%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 3,169


2. Security officer

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Total pay for 2015: $24,000Total pay for 2014:$22,460% increase from 2014 to 2015: 7%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 5,198


1. Business systems analyst

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Flickr / Fabrizio Salvetti

Total pay for 2015: $81,000Total pay for 2014: $75,554% increase from 2014 to 2015: 10%Number of current job openings on Glassdoor: 1,803